Sales of Windows Vista to businesses were stronger than expected during the operating system's debut month, according to a report from NPD Group.
Sales of Windows Vista have helped Microsoft post a forecast-beating 65% rise in third-quarter profits.
More than 20 million copies of Windows Vista were sold globally in February 2007, the first month of sales since its widespread consumer release.
Microsoft posted a net profit of $4.93 billion, or 50 cents per diluted share, in its fiscal third quarter ended March 31 versus a profit of $2.98 billion, or 29 cents per share, in the year-ago period.
I'm not a rabid MS fanboy but I think Vista is a fine upgrade to XP. My most recent laptop came with a "Vista capable" sticker, it installed without problems and has been running mostly smooth since. I don't exactly feel any pressure to upgrade my older workstation to Vista, although it's certainly got enough hardware to handle it. I do wish Microsoft would have spent a little more time polishing certain rough edges before public release. But in most areas, Vista is an improvement over XP. Saying it's "not an upgrade" is being ignorant at best.
In summary, whenever you see "poor Vista sales" on Slashdot, whoever is writing does not deserve an Insightful, or even an Informative. They deserve a -1, Wrong. And if you think ~20 million units and $5 BILLION net profit constitute poor sales, and that Microsoft should be worrying, then you must live in a very special (as in Special Olympics) world, and I would love to see what kind of sales figures you would consider "good".