updated 03:10 pm EST, Fri February 9, 2007
Vista PC Sales Surge
The launch of Windows Vista in late January triggered a major jump in sales, a new report by Current Analysis said on Friday. Though the sales were predictably higher than previous weeks as some buyers deliberately held off on buying new systems until the OS was available, Vista created a spike in sales of 67 percent over the same period last year. Moreover, a full 70 percent of all systems sold included the more expensive Vista Home Premium, indicating an early success for Microsoft's attempts to raise overall prices for Windows with the new version.
HP was the system builder that gained the most from Vista, Current Analysis said: the producer of the Vista-oriented TouchSmart and tx1000 PCs took an overwhelming 54 percent of all Windows PC sales in the launch week, completely eclipsing its longtime opponent Dell.