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A billion copies of Windows?


While I've been busy at OSCON, Microsoft has not been idle, announcing a billion copies of Windows will ship by the end of its next fiscal year, i.e., June 20, 2008.

Yesterday's 'Analyst Day,' an annual event when the software giant invites the press and stock market gurus to Redmond to hear of Microsoftian accomplishments, was the venue when CEO Steve Ballmer made that pledge. Coupled with that pronouncement was Microsoft's claim that security is the driving force behind Vista adoption.

Of course, if you've tried to buy a new PC recently, you'll find the notoriously security-unaware general public finds it extremely hard to find a Windows XP machine at retail anymore. Last weekend's trip to the local Fry's found only two PCs, Fujitsu tablets to be specific, were still available with XP, and every other of the several dozens of Windows machines on the sales floor was loaded with one of the bewilderingly diverse varieties of Vista, despite the audible requests of campus-bound students and their parents for machines with XP. Given that real-life experience, I still have faith that the Microsoft Marketing Machine is far more responsible for feeding Vista into a marketplace that seems less than enthusiastic about adopting it in lieu of XP.

But, that's one example, and from the Silicon Forest of the Pacific Northwest at that. Wherever you are, do you easily find new machines at retail with XP? Inquiring minds want to know.

6 comments
tgueth
tgueth

For the most part, XP is not available for branded (HP, Toshiba, Sony, Lenovo) but is available on non-branded computers at local office and electronic stores. Off-brand or store-brand has some flexibility. Online provides more options. Most Dell computers can be configured with XP Pro for a charge (last I saw, $99). As a comment, my clients are not moving to Vista this year, but probably will by mid-2008. Too many standard programs have problems or quirks with the programs they use or Vista. Microsoft should have provided a "XP" setup for Vista so that transition was easy. I fully understand the "desire" for Microsoft to have a "safe" OS, but the transition for customers is too much of a leap. The fancy new desktop/graphics are not enough to persuade them to move. XP is "good enough" with security for most users.

K7AAY
K7AAY

Do you easily find new machines at retail with XP where you are?

royhayward
royhayward

You are then taken to selections of machines with XP. Of course you also see big banner adds of Microsoft begging you to choose Vista. But you can still get an box with XP. Looks like HP.com also has them up, and for sale.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

The link to "A billion copies of Windows" at the beginning of this discussion doesn't go to the article. Edited - Okay, now it's working. Thanks.

K7AAY
K7AAY

All three links in my blog post test AOK two hours later. Don't know what you experienced, but when testing from a different machine than I wrote it on, they all work.

ben.rattigan
ben.rattigan

I can still get a hold of XP Pro machines at the momet, a lot of retailers still have stock.