PRINTER INK company and leading PC vendor HP has put the lie to Microsoft's claims that Vista has sold over 100 million copies and is flying off the shelves even faster than XP.
At the Australian launch of new business notebook models, HP revealed how Microsoft is twisting still strong XP shipment numbers to count them as Vista sales.
"From the 30th of June, we have no longer been able to ship a PC with an XP licence," said Jane Bradburn, a marketing manager for HP Australia. "However, what we have been able to do with Microsoft is ship PCs with a Vista Business licence but with XP pre-loaded. That is still the majority of business computers we are selling today."
Therefore the Vole's claims for high Vista sales figures are merely so much steer manure. The major PC vendors are still preloading Windows XP, but Microsoft is counting those XP preloads as Vista sales.
That's not looking like its about to turn around any time soon, either.
"Looking into the crystal ball, I don't think businesses will see much value in upgrading to Vista until late next year, and even so, Microsoft will probably have come out with something else by then," said Rob Kingston, a group manager for HP Australia marketing.
The Vole's stance is that it will no longer allow major PC vendors to preload XP after next January. But Jerel Chong, an HP Australia commercial notebooks marketing development manager, said that the company is already in discussions with Microsoft about pushing back its XP cutoff date.
Chong said that customers are telling HP that they simply haven't had time to do full Vista compatibility testing of all their business applications yet and that the costs of rebuilding system images wasn't worth it in the presently down economy.
As a PC hardware marketing manager, he probably forgot to mention that companies are also resisting making what they regard as unnecessary investments in new PCs required to support Vista's additional hardware requirements.
He also didn't say that business users aren't lusting after Vista's slicker desktop interface enough to offset their dislike of its excessive resource utilisation, annoying authorisation dialogues and more intrusive digital media restrictions. µ
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