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.