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Microsoft is Lying About Adoption Rates of Vista 11, Which Are Historic Lows

posted by Roy Schestowitz on Oct 22, 2023

Fake news relayed by Microsoft-connected sites in recent days, e.g.:

 Microsoft Weekly: 400+ million Windows 11 devices, PCs cooled with real blood, and more? Nope!

Even a Microsoft-run site shows this:

OS Platform Statistics

THE GNU/Linux market share, even on the client side, grew a lot in recent years. Microsoft now 'releases' some fake Vista 11 numbers (to fake "success"). Who will boost these lies? Sure, Microsoft sites...

Vista 11 was released more than two years ago (or 27 months ago if one counts the fake "leak"). Some of the media already responds to the above-shown propaganda from Microsoft, either challenging these numbers or pointing out that by previous standards the adoption rates have been appalling -- an almost unprecedented failure in the range of decades. According to statCounter or even more tech-savvy surveys in Microsoft-run sites, the adoption rate of Vista 11 is about a quarter. A year ago it was about 2%, according to reliable sources.

People do not buy Vista 11, they typically just accept that a new "PC" is saddled with it. The price of it being preinstalled? Not so high anymore as Microsoft has more competition and cannot maintain "monopoly rents" like it did a decade or two ago. Microsoft itself admitted (a few months ago) that revenue on the client side collapsed massively. People aren't buying Vista 11.

How many people actually use the thing? Anything but what Microsoft claims. In the past Microsoft made many "fake news" articles with fake usage numbers. Some actual journalists were quick to debunk the lies from Microsoft, but investigative journalism is "expensive" and thus very rare these days.

Microsoft is very well aware that it's lying. It's just "strategic" lying, intended to cause a sort of "FOMO effect" -- a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts (like a run on the bank, except in the spendings sense).

Windows has telemetry and Microsoft has a rough idea of the true scale of the installed base. It is nowhere near 400 million. Right, Mr. Shaw et al [1, 2]?

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