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Vista sells 40 million units

by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates announced today the company has sold 40 million copies of the Vista version of its Windows operating system in the first 100 days it was available worldwide. Sounds impressive.

Similarly, when Microsoft touted 20 million copies sold in the first two months of Vista's widespread availability they compared it to Windows XP, which sold 17 million copies in the same launch period in 2001.

But according to Gartner Group analysts, in 2002, 51 million PCs were sold to consumers around the world. This year, sales forecasts hover around 100 million PCs.

So the analysis for Windows Vista sales compared to Windows XP sales appears to remain the same: In the face of millions upon millions more PCs out there, Vista should be selling at better than double the rates that XP did.

But one thing appears certain: With all consumer PCs – other than Dell's – shipping with Vista pre-installed, that amounts to a whole lot of craplets.

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