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MS: China's Vista sales not so poor

updated 04:15 pm EDT, Fri April 20, 2007

Microsoft on Chinese Vista

Opening sales of Windows Vista in China were much stronger than the 244 copies claimed earlier this week, according to a spokesman from Microsoft. Though the company declined to provide an actual figure for the number of copies sold during the new operating system's first weeks on the market, Microsoft said that sales were "double" those of XP during the same amount of time. The corrected number suggests that Chinese sales were proportionate to worldwide sales results that exceeded the XP launch of 2001.

"Recent speculation regarding sales data in China is inaccurate," the Microsoft response said directly. "We're pleased with the positive consumer response we've seen around the globe to the security and usability enhancements in Windows Vista--and China is no exception."

An earlier report had alleged that abundant piracy in China had almost completely eliminated legitimate sales of the OS, encouraging individuals to buy copies for a fraction of the official price.



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  1. jarod

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    LOLLLLLL!!!

    This is too good. Out of over a billion, only 244 are dumb enough to pay for that garbage.

  1. jhawk95

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    Benefit of Doubt

    OK MicroShaft!

    I will give you the benefit of doubt and give you 5 X that number reported.

    So 1240 copies out of 1,354,000,000.

    Common, my dead grandmother could sell more of anything than that.

  1. vasic

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    Mac News..???

    I am struggling to understand how is information about Vista sales in China related to the subject matter MacNN is supposed to cover ("...premier source for Macintosh and iPod news, reviews, discussion, tips, troubleshooting, links, and reviews. MacNN publishes dozens of news stories related to Apple, iTunes, iPod, and the Mac industry...").

    I can understand that this may appear on their Electronista brand, but it may just be cluttering the MacNN news outlet.

    So much so that it compelled me to write this. I wonder if anyone out there disagrees?

  1. jhawk95

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    Great Start to Weekend!

    I am glad it is posted here. i got a great deal of pleasure out of it.

    Just knowing that MicroShaft is failing miserable makes the start of my weekend a cheery one. I relish in the fact that MicroShaft is beginning to see its end.

    Thanks MACNN!

  1. jhorvatic

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    245 not 244

    Oh Microsoft said it was 245 not 244, we missed one. LOL!!!

  1. bigmig

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    disingenuous

    "The corrected number suggests that Chinese sales were proportionate to worldwide sales results that exceeded the XP launch of 2001."

    While technically correct, this is very disingenuous. Worldwide sales have doubled since 2001, but sales in China, a fast developing country, have risen far, far more than 100%. A doubling of sales relative to XP means that, in China, they are experiencing a much, much weaker launch than XP did.

  1. ZinkDifferent

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    double...

    "The corrected number suggests that Chinese sales were proportionate to worldwide sales results that exceeded the XP launch of 2001."

    So, Windows XP sold only 122 units in its first weeks? Amazing!

  1. rubaiyat

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    Joined: Feb 2006

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    Schadenfreude

    Whilst it might give readers here great pleasure to hear of Microsoft's misfortunes, give some thought to how successful Apple is itself in this market.

    Leopard itself isn't even in the starting blocks after all the huffing and puffing that went on over Vista's delays.

  1. hayesk

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    Re: schadenfreude

    Leopard is four months late without any dropped features.

    Vista was several years late with major features dropped to meet an increasingly embarassing release schedule, and in the end offered no usability improvements and some hinderances (Cancel or Allow?)

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    jhawk95

    jhawk95, no arguments here, I heard she did sell it to more than that.

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