“After five weeks of sluggish PC sales, retailers received a big boost during the first week of Vista’s launch, according to a report released Thursday by Current Analysis,” Dawn Kawamoto reports for CNET News.
Kawamoto reports, “PC unit sales soared 173 percent at U.S. retail stores during the week ended February 3, compared with PC sales in the previous week, according to the report. Current Analysis also noted that during Vista’s debut week PC unit sales rose 67 percent compared with the same period a year ago. Computers loaded with Microsoft’s new operating system, Vista, made their debut during a midnight celebration January 29, but initial reports found interest paled in comparison with launches of previous versions of Windows.”
“The report also found that demand was higher for PCs with the more expensive version of the new operating system,” Kawamoto reports.
Kawamoto reports, “Notebooks loaded with Vista Home Premium accounted for 76 percent of all notebook PC sales, while Vista Home Basic represented only 16 percent, according to the report. It also noted that Vista Home Premium notebooks carried an average sales price of $863, while the Home Basic notebook version had an average sales price of $616.
Kawamoto reports, “‘Microsoft is pleased with the initial response to Windows Vista,’ a company representative said in an e-mail.”
MacDailyNews Take: We have to wonder what was happening at the Apple Stores. Once the early adopters fall out of the way and the vast majority see some of these scathing Vista reviews, will Microsoft and the box assemblers remain pleased with the response?
Kawamoto continues, “Desktops also experienced a bigger demand for premium versions of Vista, but the gap was not as wide. Vista Home Premium desktops accounted for 59 percent of all desktop PC sales, while Home Basic desktops garnered 33 percent. The report is based on unit sales from five major retailers: Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, Staples and Radio Shack.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: We expected nothing less.* There’s nothing more reliable than the lemmings mindlessly following each other over the cliff.
*We actually expected much more. Microsoft and the Windows PC box assemblers should be concerned. Comparing PC sales to the week before the launch of a new OS to the first week’s sales is supposed to signify what, exactly, the raging success that is Windows Vista? Puleeze.
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