After Bill Gates mentioned that Vista has sold 100,000,000 copies so far during his speech at CES, I didn’t really react one way or the other. But now that a couple of days have passed, I find myself wondering:
How many of those are actually in use?
Do those include the free upgrades that were shipping at one time?
Do those include people who bought a computer with Vista but then downgraded to XP?
Are volume license upgrades included in the hundred million?
The bottom line is that the more I think about it, the more that 100,000,000 seems inflated to me. For Microsoft shareholder benefit, I’m sure the number is real. After all, once Microsoft registers a sale, it goes to the bottom line no matter if the person uses the product or not.
I think an interesting question to ask, particularly in the face of Microsoft’s “Windows Genuine” program is, how many copies of Vista have been ACTIVATED? I’ll throw out a number and see what people think: half? Could 50,000,000 copies of Vista have been activated since the launch? I would love to find out.
In today’s world of serious market share challenges from other vendors, I believe it’s just as interesting to hear how many copies of Vista are in use as it is to hear the raw sales numbers.
It’s really fascinating when the head of a company says stuff like this about their flagship product:
About 18 months ago my sister suggested I create a LinkedIn profile and build up my network, which I did over the course of about 10 months. Then I stopped using the site because it wasn’t giving me anything besides the opportunity to say that I have X number of people in my network. In addition, I had issues with the site in that its features seemed less than “well thought out”.It’s the better part of a year later and I have to say that as a user, I’ve noticed literally NO new features, changes, or modifications to the site. Perhaps that is because I have the lowest possible membership, which I’m willing to accept, but in almost a YEAR there are no noticeable changes and (at the same time) the problems with the site are still there?In today’s world of Facebook, MySpace, and the like, I find it curious that LinkedIn doesn’t appear to be keeping up. If anyone can prove me wrong I’m happy to admit it, but as John. Q. User (or Russ Nemhauser) I can’t say that I see anything new.