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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Not buying for Vista =/= not buying at all.
by shykid on Tue 24th Jul 2007 19:28 UTC
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"I really don't think that someone has bought a new PC specifically for Vista."

This goes to show how out of touch with reality the majority of the big dogs at computer manufacturers are. I personally know two people that have bought new PCs specifically for Vista, and I've heard many more anecdotes of people throwing out their old PCs to upgrade to Vista. While it certainly may not be a lot of people, a few is still greater than none.

Never before had a new version of Windows done so little to boost PC sales

What about Windows for Workgroups? Windows Me? Come on now. I'm not a fan of Microsoft or Vista, but I think Lanci is just spreading FUD, whether he realizes it or not.

Seems to me this guy is using Microsoft as a scapegoat for his company's problems. Vista surely isn't causing Acer to sell fewer computers than they were before it was released. It's not Microsoft's place to push sales of your hardware; it's yours. Get over it, and do something innovative instead of whining.

Hell, if Vista is so underwhelming, preload some computers with Linux (and do it right, unlike Dell) and see if you fare much better. I think you can a bit, if you tap into the enthusiast community properly, unlike Dell. The enthusiast community may be meager in comparison to the rest of the world, but if your Vista-centric sales are as paltry as you say, it doesn't matter.

Edited 2007-07-24 19:31

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