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Vista 7 Sales Not Good, Microsoft Does Not Want to Talk About It

'For sale' sign



Summary: Microsoft insists on concentrating on just one distant country in order to hide the lukewarm response to Vista 7

TRUTH about Vista 7 be told, Steve Ballmer saw trouble coming. Back in August he realised that Vista 7 would not deliver what many hoped for in terms of market impact. Based on the latest words, his caution was justified.



The Inquirer analyses the language used and leaves no room for doubt:

Ballmer half heartedly talks up Windows 7



SHY AND RETIRING Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer seems to be having trouble finding something nice to say about Windows 7's launch.

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When hacks at ComputerWorld asked Ballmer how Windows 7 was doing, he said "er... its fantastic... er in Japan."

"It is helping to spur PC sales... um... in Japan. We've had a great response... in Japan. The first ten days were bigger than the first ten days of XP or Vista or any other Windows launch that we have done... in Japan."


What about sales outside Japan? The answer is so telling. There is one country in the world where the results were found to be satisfactory, so Ballmer just throws away the rest.

“Sales can (and will) be miscounted to give the impression of high demand.”Microsoft will soon artificially inflate numbers; Oiaohm told us about some tricks that allow it this time around. Sales can (and will) be miscounted to give the impression of high demand. In the case of Vista, buying an XP machine would count as one or two copies of Vista (double-dipping). In the "interests of shareholders" they just needed to lie.

A few days ago we showed that iPlayer supports GNU/Linux but not Vista 7, yet. That again is an example of Vista 7's problems when it come to compatibility. According to this new article, there are more and more applications that run on GNU/Linux (and XP/Vista) but not on Vista 7. So why would companies take the risk of deploying Vista 7? They would not, show several independent surveys.

A couple of our readers have shared pointers to two new cartoons that seemingly make fun of Vista 7's failure in the market (slow adoption, no reason to buy). This problem is being recognised by more and more Web sites. Additional layoffs are indicative of this.

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