Vista passes 40m in sales

Microsoft has sold nearly 40 million copies of Windows Vista since its release, according to Bill Gates.

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By  Administrator Published  May 17, 2007

Microsoft has sold nearly 40 million copies of Windows Vista since its release, according to Bill Gates.

"As of last week, we've [sold] nearly 40 million copies. That's twice as fast as the adoption of Windows XP, the last major release we had," the Microsoft chairman said during his keynote speech at this week's Windows Hardware and Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Los Angeles, US.

Gates told the audience that during the first five weeks of shipping Vista, Microsoft had matched the installed base of any other operating system provider.

The software giant had previously said it sold more than 20 million copies of Vista in the first month alone.

Vista officially launched January 30, although its arrival in the Middle East was delayed until mid-February.

During his speech, Gates also announced a number of partners for Microsoft's Windows Home Server, including Gateway and Medion, stating the products would be released in the autumn.

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