Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jan 2006 14:45 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft has some catching up to do. It's not a phrase you hear every day. But whether it's Apple Computer's iTunes-iPod combo or Google's advertising engine, the software maker's top executives readily admit that they are coming from behind. In a rare joint interview ahead of the CES, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer outlined their plans to catch their rivals and discussed why it's Sony that will have to play catch-up in the video console wars."
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Pure lather
by harmison on Fri 6th Jan 2006 14:59 UTC
harmison
Member since:
2005-09-29

Just stoke those dying embers....maybe there is someone out there that still cares about 'innovation' at Microsoft. Truth is....and the numbers prove it....Vista is only going to be spread via new purchases and OEM installs......not many voluntary 'boxed' versions sold.

Monopoly rolls along.....la la la

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RE: Pure lather
by TomB7 on Fri 6th Jan 2006 15:03 in reply to "Pure lather"
TomB7 Member since:
2006-01-03

Maybe they can bundle Vista to sell more boxed versions. I am envisioning a Vista/COBOL pack.

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RE: Pure lather
by cwdrake on Fri 6th Jan 2006 15:25 in reply to "Pure lather"
cwdrake Member since:
2005-08-09

That's the same thing everyone says about every new Windows version.

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RE: Pure lather
by Googlesaurus on Fri 6th Jan 2006 16:43 in reply to "Pure lather"
Googlesaurus Member since:
2005-10-19

The installed base of Vista will grow a lot quicker than we might imagine. This is a major revenue opportunity for a LOT of people other than Microsoft.

Not only is the hype going to be coming from Redmond, but all of the OEM's will aggressively push Vista in their own media advertising. Every other word from Dell, HP, Best Buy, Circuit City, and others will be "Vista".

Look for one of the largest advertising campaigns in history to push Vista sales. It will be impossible to watch television, read a magazine, or pickup a newspaper without swimming in a sea of Vista.

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RE[2]: Pure lather
by segedunum on Fri 6th Jan 2006 23:02 in reply to "RE: Pure lather"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

The installed base of Vista will grow a lot quicker than we might imagine. This is a major revenue opportunity for a LOT of people other than Microsoft.

The main revenue stream for Windows is in business, and it just isn't going to be there for Vista because people's upgrade cycles are way, way out of synch with Microsoft's idea of when they think they'll buy a new version of Windows - even after all these years. People are going to be using 2000 and XP for a long time.

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RE: Pure lather
by tomcat on Fri 6th Jan 2006 19:44 in reply to "Pure lather"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Truth is....and the numbers prove it....Vista is only going to be spread via new purchases and OEM installs......not many voluntary 'boxed' versions sold.

Non-OEM installations comprise less than 5% of MS's sales, according to detail from the MS antitrust trial.

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RE: Pure lather
by kmarius on Fri 6th Jan 2006 21:42 in reply to "Pure lather"
kmarius Member since:
2005-06-30

They said so in the interview...

Quote:

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Question:With previous releases, the upgrades were mostly new computers sold with the latest version, correct?

Ballmer: Numerically, that will be the dominant factor this time, too
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