Harris Poll: Users balk at Windows Vista upgrade

Apple Store“Microsoft Corp. did a great job getting out the word about Windows Vista, a Harris Poll published yesterday said. But the marketing blitz hasn’t generated big sales,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.

Keizer reports, “According to an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 87% of the 2,200 American adults polled said they were aware of Vista. The overwhelming majority of those people admitted to knowing ‘a little’ about the new OS.”

“But apparently knowing does not mean buying. In December 2006, 20% of respondents said they were planning to upgrade to Vista; by mid-March, six weeks after Vista’s retail rollout, 12% said they would migrate in the next 12 months,” Keizer reports.

“As of March 6-14, when Harris conducted the poll, Vista accounted for just 3% of the operating systems installed on the respondents’ primary home computers, the same percentage as the often-reviled Windows Me. Leading the pack by a huge margin was Windows XP, with 79%; Apple Inc.’s Mac OS X, meanwhile, accounted for 5%, the same as Microsoft’s Windows 98,” Keizer reports.

Full article here.

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25 Comments

  1. …and Microsoft said they sold 20 million copies of this atrocity. Someone should ask them to provide some proof. More likely its all bluster trying to jump start sales of this turd. MDN should start adding a picture of Vista along with the Zune in the toilet bowl.

  2. 87% of people who know of Vista and have to get it decided they will wait until it comes pre-installed on a new cheap PC.

    The remaining 13% are switching to Mac OS X. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  3. @ Guessing: “…and Microsoft said they sold 20 million copies of this atrocity. Someone should ask them to provide some proof.”

    From the article:

    “Although Microsoft has touted sales of 20 million copies of Vista, analysts have pointed out that the company counts those that have been shipped to retailers but not sold, or sold to OEMs but not installed on PCs or installed on PCs still in inventory.”

  4. So much for Microsofts claims of better than twice the sales of XP.
    I didn’t think so judging by empty Vista aisles at Comp USA and Best Buy. I saw cob webs growing on the displays with Microsofts FUD playing and nobody around to watch it. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”tongue laugh” style=”border:0;” />

  5. @Guessing –
    I think that’s part of it and M$ is counting what they created/issued in Licenses but not what was actually purchased.

    I believe M$ is hoping that if they pump and talk-up the 20 million units sold – people and the Stock Market will think it’s going well and the consumer will purchase.

    The only thing M$ has going for Vista is that all the Big Box manufacturers can only sell Vista as opposed to the past where they still had a choice of ME, XP, 98, etc.

    Hopefully, the public will become aware that Vista is junk and will refuse to purchase.

    If the public gives in there won’t be any repercussions to Dell, HP, etc.

    MY 2 cents.

  6. People who need a new machine, but don’t want to be hobbled by Vista, can buy their new DOSBox, wipe the drive and install the copy of XP they already have. The old box can go to the landfill where it belongs. I’d put the new one there, too.

    WHY anyone would stick with a Windows-Only box is beyond me.

  7. > The overwhelming majority of those people admitted to knowing ‘a little’ about the new OS.

    It is obvious that the more they “know” the less they want to buy. In three months, it went from 20% planning to upgrade to 12%.

  8. “Although Microsoft has touted sales of 20 million copies of Vista, analysts have pointed out that the company counts those that have been shipped to retailers but not sold, or sold to OEMs but not installed on PCs or installed on PCs still in inventory.”

    I thought tallying “sales” like this was illegal. Certain automakers used to count unsold vehicles rusting on dealer lots as sales too, hence the practice now being out of favor.

    If MS can rank market share like this, imagine what Apple could do if they stuffed the back rooms of all their Apple Stores with Mac OS installs…

  9. A follow-up survey also found those 3% who upgraded to Vista are getting ready to sue Microsoft for damages related to pain and suffering (shame also).

    On another survey, about 8% of worldwide computer users reported happier lifestyle, more productive work output, and improved technology experience—-they are called Mac users.

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