HP: Microsoft counting XP-loaded PCs as ‘Vista’ sales

“Business PC buyers are still overwhelmingly opting for XP, computer giant HP has revealed,” Dan Warne reports for APC Magazine.

“HP’s revelation, made at the launch of a new range of business notebooks, flies in the face of Microsoft’s persistent PR claims that Vista has sold tens of millions of copies — and is selling at a faster rate than XP ever did,” Warne reports.

“However, HP explained how Microsoft is coming up with these ‘Vista’ sales figures,” Warne reports.

“‘From the 30th of June, we have no longer been able to ship a PC with a XP licence,’ said Jane Bradburn, Market Development Manager, Commercial Notebooks for HP Australia,” Warne reports. “‘However, what we have been able to do with Microsoft is ship PCs with a Vista Business licence but with XP pre-loaded. That is still the majority of business computers we are selling today.'”

Warne reports, “So, in other words, Microsoft counts a sale for Vista, even though the computer manufacturer has really sold XP.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Counting XP PC sales as “Vista,” $500 million rigged ad campaigns — It seems that the Microsoft slime buckets will resort to just about anything to “fix” their Vista debacle; anything, except what they should be doing, of course: trashing the whole bloated mess and starting from scratch with a clean slate. Oh, but then, whose tech would they buy for a song, or borrow, or steal this time?


  1. The last thing we want M$ to do is start from scratch. If their code baseline is crap then they will continue the downward spiral into the toilet. M$ did buy a company that should send shivers and that is Novel. Recall tat Novel owns Suse Linux – if M$ scrapped windows and turned to Linux which is a possibility they would leverage allot of excellent code.

    Recall apple did the same with BSD. So its not beyond possibility and as we all know they use apple as springboard for new ideas…

  2. I have over 20 years experience in IT, and though I semi-retired a couple years ago, the economies slowdown has forced me to pursue more IT centric work lately. I have actually received a few calls from recruiters seeking IT people with my high qualifications and at least 2 years of Mac experience (I have over 3 with OS X, as I do no count my experience with Macs in the late ’80s through the mid ’90s anymore at all). Unfortunately, none of these opportunities were sufficient to make me move, nor located near me here in Atlanta. Just as well anyhow, it’s looking like we’re moving to Manhattan in a couple months anyhow.

  3. Can’t wait to see what the sales figures are on Mojave are. I’m sure MS will count those as Vista sales too . . .

    What?? Mojave is Vista?? AWW for Christ sake, here i thought i was avoiding that Vista mess . . . Wait I bought Mojave Business School Chair Throwing Edition, is that still considered a Vista sale??

  4. Smells like Microsoft is cooking the books and defrauding investors in the real worth of Vista, the company, it’s new advert spending spree and the future position of the company.
    An Enron style approach is need get to the bottom of Microsoft’s book cooking.

  5. @oh no my shorts:
    Bill Gates had this to say “We are very excited at the new direction of Windows Vista. With help from Novell and IBM we have leveraged the Linux kernel and have built our GUI as a Window Manager on top of X.org. This brings the friendliness and usability model of our Windows operating system and married it to the stability and rock solid security of Linux.”


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