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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RE[2]: 244
by raver31 on Sat 21st Apr 2007 14:49 UTC in reply to "RE: 244"
raver31
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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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RE[3]: 244
by tomcat on Sat 21st Apr 2007 19:06 in reply to "RE[2]: 244"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

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.

I would expect IT support folks to be much more wary of new OS upgrades than your average person, because they're aware that problems that occur more frequently until the first service pack is released; consequently, I have little problem believing these statistics. But I doubt that the statistics will be the same in a couple years. I bet if we check back with you then, we will find that the majority of users are running Vista.

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RE[4]: 244
by raver31 on Sun 22nd Apr 2007 06:41 in reply to "RE[3]: 244"
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

Hmmm, no.


THIS IS ABOUT THE PEOPLE AT MY WORK ONLY. I AM NOT ATTEMPTING TO SPEAK FOR EVERYONE


Everyone always used to say don't touch Windows (insert version) until at least the first service pack. Now they just say don't touch Vista.

I think what is putting them off are the restrictions in the system rather than the hefty machine needed to run it.

The people that have bought a new machine since are either formatting and installing XP alone, or dual booting with Ubuntu.

There was a lot of moaning the other day when ubuntu servers got bogged down with the demand of everyone trying to download the new version.

So much so, that there was a queue of people in work at the disk copier burning off copy after copy of one that was downloaded as soon as the 7.04 came out, but before most of the world woke up.

So, in a couple of years time, after sp1, then yes, of course, some more will have moved, but I think that will be because of these things;

1: XP no longer available to buy
2: The perception that the latest is the greatest
3: Being forced to upgrade, ie games only working on dx10
4: Lazyness
5: Apathy

Edited 2007-04-22 06:59

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