Bill Gates may have inadvertently revealed that Microsoft's flagship Windows Vista operating system is faring poorly compared to Windows XP.
Gates, speaking at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) this week in Las Vegas, boasted that Microsoft has sold more than 100 million copies of the operating system since it was launched in January 2007. Based on previously announced figures for Windows XP, Vista outperforms XP unit sales by 10%.
According to Gartner however, worldwide shipments of PCs have almost doubled from 132.4 million units back in 2002 - where Windows XP was launched, to 255.7 million units last year.
Gates' statement at the 2003 and 2008 Consumer Electronics Show thus reveal — calculating roughly — that Windows XP captured about 67% of the new PC market during its first year. Vista, by contrast, captured just 39%, or less than half, of new PC shipments in 2007.
Despite the many millions spent marketing Vista, the low market penetration is probably troubling news to Microsoft.
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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.