Apple ought to send Microsoft flowers and nice ‘Thank You’ note for Windows Vista

Apple Store“The tech company that really seems to be enjoying Microsoft’s new operating system is Apple,” Justin Lahart reports for The Wall Street Journal.

Lahart reports, “The Cupertino, Calif., computer maker has used Microsoft’s Vista, introduced in November for businesses and January for consumers, as an opportunity to make hay over the self-proclaimed superiority of the operating system in its own Macs. Microsoft doesn’t agree with that message, noting it has shipped 40 million copies of Vista for consumers. Still, Apple has the hotter hand. Mac sales were up 35% in the first quarter versus a year earlier. PC sales were up by 9%, according to research firm Gartner — a bit better than the prior two quarters, but below the average rate of the past three years.”

“‘Somebody in Cupertino ought to send flowers to Redmond and a nice ‘Thank You’ note,’ hedge-fund manager Jeff Matthews noted in his blog,” Lahart reports.

Lahart reports, “Consumers have been forced to buy Vista, because many computer makers no longer make consumer PCs configured for its predecessor, Windows XP. But FTN Midwest Research analyst Bill Fearnley Jr. reported that many computer sellers are now selling consumers business PCs that run XP.”

Lahart reports, “The hope, on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley, is that later this year Vista will start spurring sales. Given companies’ slow and steady purchase plans and consumers’ apparent lack of enthusiasm, that’s a pipe dream, says Pip Coburn of Coburn Ventures. ‘There are people who are disappointed now, and there are people who are going to be more disappointed,’ he says.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]

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