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Vista 8 Doing So Poorly That Microsoft Tries to Claim It Has Not Been Released Yet

Posted in Finance, Microsoft, Vista 8, Windows at 11:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

'For sale' sign

Summary: Microsoft says it will relaunch Vista 8 next month and it won’t say how many Surface and Vista 8 units were actually sold

MICROSOFT HAS already reported losses and debt, so time is running out. James Kendrick, who was fine with Chromebooks in January, is breaking up with Microsoft Surface, the flagship product for Vista 8. In his summary he writes: “I feel like a failure. Despite investing a lot of hours and effort I can’t make the Surface work for me.”

According to this article, which can be aptly titled “Microsoft’s Earnings Report Vista 8 Spin” (from longtime pro-Microsoft site), journalists are echoing MSFT lies, where “sold” means “shipped” (or “copied” on the case of software). Vista 8 is doing so badly that Microsoft keeps quiet and blames OEMs like they have some kind of special responsibility to be the salespeople of Microsoft alone. But here is the hilarious bit:

A report by The Register reveals that Microsoft blames OEMs for its relatively lackluster Windows 8 sales. Purportedly, Microsoft believes vendors didn’t adhere closely enough to its hardware recommendations, producing mostly non-touchscreen computers that didn’t showcase Windows 8′s touchable side. This information comes from a “well-placed” source familiar with the matter.

Between its October 26 release and the end of 2012, Microsoft claimed to have sold 60 million copies of Windows 8. By comparison, it took Windows Vista about six months to sell the same number, but as some like to point out, statistics like these don’t always tell the whole story. Official figures on Microsoft’s Surface sales are still missing in action too, although Ballmer told a French news outlet that initial Surface sales were “modest”. Some analysts estimate that Microsoft has sold fewer than one million Surface tablets.

Read ib, Microsoft is planning to re-release Vista 8 for hype. This is unprecedented.

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  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    January 28, 2013 at 5:17 am


    M$ numbers might be artificially high by charging OEMs in advance of shipments of Vista 8. That is to say, they may be counting future revenue already today.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    I saw that post and will refer to it tomorrow, hopefully. Microsoft accounting is a funny game of shells.

  2. mcinsand said,

    January 28, 2013 at 11:32 am


    Two things really jump out to me, and the first is where MS complains about vendors not sticking to a narrow set of hardware choices. Apparently, MS is serious about stepping farther down Apple’s path to drop effective hardware support. Being able to run on a wide range of hardware choices was a huge part of what gave MS their monopoly; even with the BSOD, Windows has historically kicked Apple in the performance groin when it comes to hardware support. Now, if I was forced to purchase a Windows computer (and force would be required), I certainly wouldn’t go with anything that did not have Windows preinstalled. There are just too many problems with the past few iterations of Windows and hardware. A musician friend could not get Vista to recognize a midrange audio card. At work, we have issues with a key digital camera and Windows 7. A friend of mine had me install Kubuntu on her laptop, after Windows 7′s failure to reliably support her wireless card became too much to deal with (the only failure she has had in the past year has been when she booted back into the Windows 7 partion.

    DOS/Windows, like Apple’s offerings, have never been enterprise-ready; businesses just started with Windows because it gave the hardware and software support that Apple couldn’t, and, after that, inertia took hold. Now, as performance matters more and more in business, the duopoly is in even more of a precarious position.

    There was a time, though, when MS didn’t bet all of their OS marbles on a toy. Face it, DOS and Windows have never grown beyond hobbyist-grade offerings. In the ’80′s, MS used to sell licensed SCO Xenix for the well-heeled that wanted a ‘grown-up’ operating system. They never should have let it go.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Microsoft enjoyed a good run while it was breaking the law and this also produced some billionaires. UNIX/Linux is making a comeback now and it shows

    http://www.zdnet.com/chrome-os-gains-on-windows-8s-pains-7000010439/” title=”Chrome OS gains on Windows 8′s pains

    It’s working.


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