Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Apr 2007 18:59 UTC, submitted by danwarne
Windows Lots of Windows-related news today. Firstly, responding to customer demand, Dell has restarted selling new PCs with Windows XP installed on them. Secondly, Microsoft software will sell for just USD 3 in some parts of the world in an attempt to double the number of global PC users (probably not at all unrelated to this interesting figure). Lastly, Vista may only be three months old in the retail marketplace, but Microsoft is already seeking participants in the beta testing program for the next version of Windows Media Center, codenamed Fiji. Update: Microsoft denied the sales figures in China to News.com.
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by raver31 on Fri 20th Apr 2007 23:47 UTC
raver31
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2005-07-06

That is funny...

Probably widely inaccurate, but funny none the less.

I work in a building with around 1000 people.

I know that the majority use XP
8% uses Mac
20% use Linux and XP dual boot
4% solely Linux

3 use Vista.

3, not 3%, but 3. 2 of them because it came with the machine, and 1 because he thought it was a good upgrade.

Those figures are seriously not funny for Microsoft, as we work in a tech support company, and most people in our circle of friends and family would be asking our advice.

If you do get a machine with it on, then use an alternative.

I feel sorry for upgraders though, once that bitlocker kicks in, you are well stuck with Vista..

Edited 2007-04-20 23:50

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RE: 244
by StephenBeDoper on Sat 21st Apr 2007 14:18 in reply to "244"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

How significant is that less than half a year after release? A competent IT staff doesn't attempt an en-masse migration of a thousand users to an OS that was first released under than 6 months ago.

How long did major, large installations of 2k Pro remain in place after XP was released? I don't recall there being an overnight transition from NT4 to Win2k either.

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RE[2]: 244
by raver31 on Sat 21st Apr 2007 14:49 in reply to "RE: 244"
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

I was not talking about the company.... I was talking about the staff of the company, and our own preferences. The computers are the ones in our own homes, not work machines.

The survey was done a few days ago, we asked everyone on the way into work what they used.

Our companies works computers are using windows 2000 and solaris if that makes a difference to you.

Edited 2007-04-21 14:51

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