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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Shift the blame to someone else
by TaterSalad on Tue 24th Jul 2007 15:31 UTC
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Gianfranco Lanci is blaming Vista for his company's poor hardware sales. I hope Acer isn't really that dependent on the OS to be able to generate revenue. Why didn't the company ask what they can do to improve their hardware instead of putting Vista on it and hoping for the best? The story above this one says Vista is rising in sales and usage.

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brostenen Member since:

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...

(in this case MS)

If U buy a pc, specific made for the ultimate edition, then yes it's fast and u like vista...
Then... If U have hardware, that was not specifically designed for vista only... Well.. Then U are in a hell-hole.

Now.. Can I say "ME" all over again??

Edited 2007-07-24 15:37

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kaiwai Member since:

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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archiesteel Member since:

The only reason Vista is rising in sales and usage is that it comes pre-installed on PCs - whether the PCs are powerful enough to correctly run it, might I add...I bought a desktop PC at Future Shop in Canada (for my ex's parents), and asked if I could get XP. They told me all their new PCs had Vista on it.

It took me three hours to get the system up and running (it was an English version, so I had to reinstall it in French), and once it was all installed it took a full 2 min. 40 sec. to boot (which was 15 sec. more than booting from a Kubuntu LiveCD, incidentally). The system felt very sluggish - this was *not* a PC that should have been sold with Vista.

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brostenen Member since:

I feel sorry for them (and U too)...
Maby thats why people fail at buying vista alone.. ;-)

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Kroc Member since:

I came across a laptop being sold with 512MB of RAM, 32MB removed for the shared graphics. It was being sold with actually less than the minimum spec for Vista. Performance was, as imagined.

It's always been like this though. I clearly remember seeing a laptop being sold with just 96MB of usable RAM with XP. The CPU sat at 30% when idle.

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It’s a nice thought, and might be true. But since you can not prove either way, how about you accept his statement?

Microsoft was promising to most vendors that Vista would encourage more sales.
It hasn’t as far as we know. (again, another rumour :p)
Therefore it isn’t a wonder PC makers are publicising this, it gives their shareholders a message: “we’re trying, but Vista isn’t helping”

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systyrant Member since:

All the local computer stores in my small town are not installing or selling Vista on new computers unless it's requested and even then they try to talk them out of it. According to one of the employee's at one I frequent almost every computer they've sold with Vista has come back with a request for XP to be installed.

I'm sure that in a year or so most of the problems we read and hear about with Vista will be nothing, but a memory. I think that Vista just didn't have the support out of the gate it needed from vendors. Business always lag behind in new purchases like this. Every IT guy I know says the same thing, they aren't upgrading until at least SP 1.

As for rising sales and usage. One acronym: OEM. People don't stop buying new PC. Most people, I would assume, just take whatever version of Windows comes on the PC. I'm sure some request XP and other probably just complain about how crappy their new computer is and how they can't get any "real" help.

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hraq Member since:

I can talk about my case. I sold 50 windows XP Home Editions OEM in the past 4 months and just 2 vistas because the customers were almost idiots. I have explained to one of vista customers that your graphics card will not work correctly because their were no drivers for it, but he insisted to install vista ( His grahics card was with quad ports Matrox QID low profile, 800$).
2nd customer with vista had vista previously on his laptop and his hard disk became defective, while no recovery disks supplied to him from sony.
If you have P4 it would become PII immediately with vista.

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