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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flypig
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2005-07-13

The following doesn't necessarily prove the point, and I don't even know how genuine the story is, but if there is any truth to this article (which was widely reported) then it does cast some doubt on Bill Gates's claim.

According to NPD: 325,902 Xbox 360s were sold in the US in November, compared to 556,221 Xboxs in the US in the same number of days following launch (see http://tinyurl.com/asyyb ).

[Edit] Rereading the article and other comments, I've now noticed the distinction between items shipped and items sold. So the article I quoted wasn't so relevant after all.

Edited 2006-01-06 18:45

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n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

The following doesn't necessarily prove the point, and I don't even know how genuine the story is, but if there is any truth to this article (which was widely reported) then it does cast some doubt on Bill Gates's claim.
According to NPD: 325,902 Xbox 360s were sold in the US in November, compared to 556,221 Xboxs in the US in the same number of days following launch (see http://tinyurl.com/asyyb ).


That only takes into account the US. The XBOX 360 is shipping worldwide.

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jsight Member since:
2005-07-06

That only takes into account the US. The XBOX 360 is shipping worldwide.

That's true. I'd be curious to know how they are doing worldwide, actually. I know that their Japanese launch has been worse than the last time, but I don't know otherwise.

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