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Vista Ships 180m Copies In 18 Months

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180 million copies of Vista sold and it's still struggling for acceptance. That's the news off the back of Microsoft's Q4 results this week which fell well below analyst expectations.

For the final quarter the giant behemoth posted revenues of $15.8bn, an 18 per cent year on year increase while profit was up 13 per cent at $4.3bn. Still, Microsoft was full of reasoning behind the – still impressive – numbers pointing to the impact of the credit crunch on online advertising revenues and stressing caution for future quarters. It also hasn't gone unnoticed that had the dollar not been so weak its overseas sales would have significantly reduced all these overall figures.

Coming back to Vista and Microsoft was keen to stress sales had increased significantly in the last two months – but that's hardly surprising with XP stock dwindling before finally going off the market at the end of June. What's more, the vast majority of Vista sales are still from the purchase of new PCs (where the OS is the defacto standard) rather than upgrades which would suggest greater interest from the consumer.

Of course the upgrade market in itself is in something of a lull with the aforementioned credit crunch and the fact most computers can happily do the basics (web surfing, word processing, email) with their existing hardware and software.

A bitchy man might even say they do it better with XP, which – funnily enough – ties in with my view entirely...

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