Microsoft Windows Vista – the operating system that has been known more for its malfunctioning and loopholes than the amazing new set of features that it came with is now four years old. It was in November 2006 that Microsoft released, what it called the “highest quality version of Windows that we’ve ever produced“, for manufacturing.
While the malfunctions of Vista have been pretty well documented, it also needs to be noted that this was still only a topic of discussion among nerds and that the notoreity that the software did not affect the sale of Vista units itself significantly. Also, with the majority of issues being ironed out with the release of SP1, users did not have much to complain about.
Nevertheless, with the success of its successor, Windows 7, it is safe to assume that Microsoft’s nightmares with the release of Vista are well and truly over.
It’s the proverbial half-glass-full scenario. At the recent Microsoft Worldwide partners conference, Tammi Reller, the CVP of Microsoft Windows has revealed that nearly 74% of the present day workplace PCs run Windows XP – the nearly decade old Windows Operating System which has since then been replaced by Windows Vista and now Windows 7.
It’s not necessarily because consumers are wary of the newly launched Windows 7. Rather, it is probably due to the fact that workplace computers have a longer usage life and at an average age of 4.4 years, most of these computers are presumably seen to have more lifetime – enough to have Windows 7 waiting.
While Windows Vista was indeed available close to 4 years back, the operating system did not fare well in the market because of several reported bugs that made many manufacturers to install their computers with the older XP. Also, with Windows 7 requiring higher processing speed, it is likely that these old PCs may not sustain the processing requirements of the latest OS.
So as for Microsoft, it is still seeing this as an opportunity to expand their growth. Steve Ballmer expects 350 million Windows 7 licenses to be sold in 2010.