Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Jul 2007 15:08 UTC, submitted by Uncle Fester
Hardware, Embedded Systems The head of PC maker Acer, Gianfranco Lanci, has hit out at Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system, saying that the 'entire industry' was disappointed by it. Few buyers have purchased new PCs specifically for Vista, Acer's chief says "The entire industry is disappointed by Windows Vista," the head of the world's fourth-biggest PC maker told the Financial Times Deutschland in its online edition on Monday. Never before had a new version of Windows done so little to boost PC sales, he said. "And that's not going to change in the second half of this year," Mr Lanci said. "I really don't think that someone has bought a new PC specifically for Vista."
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The classic example of hardware suppliers and microsoft going hand in hand, trying to sell the newest and "fastest" equipment.. Now see... This is what happens, when someone fails...

More correctly, both sides know that the vast majority of Windows licences sold are through OEM channels. To sell more hardware there needs to be a compelling reason to upgrade to Windows Vista. If there is no reason to upgrade to Windows Vista, people won't buy new computers. Basically Windows sells the computers for the OEM's.

Acer along with others were told that Vista would be a revolution, there would be enough compelling features to make people want to upgrade to the new operating system and in turn new system.

The new system have anything to do with the hardware specs? nope. Its like anything upgrade, most people weigh up what is involved vs. just getting one with the new operating system and instead just go for a new system and avoid the hassel of having to find someone who can install and configure it for them - believe me, the average user doesn't feel confident enough to install Windows even with all the 'ease of use' rubbish spewed.

As for OEM's - they need to wake up and smell the coffee - the symboic relationship with Microsoft is coming to a dead end, they will need something else to push sales forward, they need a new model which allows for long term revenue generation rather than relying on the one off hardware sales upgrade treadmill that runs the industry because once the majority of stuff is pushed onto the web, I can assure you that the number of years between purchase and upgrade will expand even further than it is today.

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