Vista sales touching 40 million, claims Microsoft

Microsoft has sold nearly 40 million copies of Windows Vista since its release, the company’s chairman Bill Gates has announced.

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By  Michele Howe Published  May 16, 2007

Microsoft has sold nearly 40 million copies of Windows Vista since its release, the company’s chairman Bill Gates has announced. “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,” Gates said during his keynote speech at the Windows Hardware and Engineering Conference (WinHEC) held May 15-17 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 February 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 product, including Gateway and Medion, and said the product would be ready for release in the autumn. In addition, the software giant unveiled Windows Server 2008 as the official name of its next server operating system and successor to Windows Server 2003. The server operating system was previously referred to under the codename Windows Server ‘Longhorn’.

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