“November retail sales of Windows XP weren’t so hot. But is the operating system a flop? Maybe not, analysts say. Microsoft’s biggest operating system launch ever has failed to generate enough retail sales to push past its predecessor, Windows 98, according to market researcher NPD Intelect. Retailers sold 250,000 copies of Windows XP in November, its first full month of availability, down from 400,000 in October. The October sales account for six days on store shelves plus preorders. By contrast, consumers snapped up 580,000 copies of Windows 98 during its first month on store shelves and 350,000 during the following 30 days.” Read the rest of the story at ZDNews. The market was also more favorable for the SONY PS/2 which outsold both the XBox and GameCube these holidays.
WindowsXP, XBox: Hot Or Not?
2001-12-19 Windows 6 Comments
Obviously the PS2 outsold the GameCube and XBox. There are way more PS2s available.
Not even going to mention the bogus numbers given for the GameCube total sales. They sold more than that in the first week.
“We’re really happy with the sales so far,” James Bernard, Xbox product manager for Microsoft, told CNET News.com on Tuesday. “When you compare our first few weeks to Sony’s first few weeks with the PlayStation 2 last year, we’re way ahead,” he said, referring to Sony’s lingering supply supply problems with the console when it was introduced last November.”
Well. Duh. There were very few PS2s available when it came out, where microsoft prolbey had millions of xobxs reday to ship when it was released…
Still, it’s good news about the PS2 doing so well. I just got one actually, it’s really nice!
As for XP, I don’t think it’s a flop. It’s just going to take longer to gain popularity because people don’t want to upgraade now… for alot of reasons. Plus, most people just downgraded – er, upgraded – to Windows ME recently…
<quote>Microsoft’s biggest operating system launch ever has failed to generate enough retail sales to push past its predecessor, Windows 98, according to market researcher NPD Intelect.</quote>
Microsoft would LIKE everyone to forget there ever was a Windows ME, which was the replacement for 98. Also I don’t believe that XP will replace 2000 in the corporate setting either, it just looks too “Cartoonish” to ever be taken seriously in that market.
What will happen to the coporations when MS stop support for 2000 they’ll have to move the Xp or some other version of windows. BTW you can make XP look exactly like 2000.
“What will happen to the coporations when MS stop support for 2000 they’ll have to move the Xp or some other version of windows.”
…or why not another OS altogether? Don’t think that status quo is set in stone or that it will last forever…:-)
if the price of the playstation was $199 instead of $299, i would get one instantly. i don’t think it’s worth it to spend $400 on a ps2 (ps2+2 games), but $300 is definitely worth it.
i hope after the holidays they will lower the price.