Ballmer dampens Vista sales hype

Windows Vista is not going to push PC sales as much as some analysts would like, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer warned last week.

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By  Administrator Published  February 21, 2007

Windows Vista is not going to push PC sales as much as some analysts would like, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer warned last week.

In a presentation to analysts last week, the chief executive said there would be a “small surge” in PC sales during fiscal 2008 due to the release of the operating system, but that it would not have a huge impact on Microsoft’s revenues.

“Some of the revenue models and revenue forecasts I’ve seen out there for Windows Vista are overly aggressive,” said Ballmer. “I don’t think that much new money will race out of the consumers’ pockets into PCs.”

On average, analysts expect Microsoft to generate revenues of US$56.4 billion in fiscal 2008.

Ballmer’s remarks are the first from the Microsoft camp dampening down expectations for Vista. The operating system launched on January 30 and company executives have said on numerous occasions that consumers will move to Vista faster than to previous editions of Windows.

Take-up of Vista in the Middle East got a boost last week with the official ‘launch celebration’ taking place in Dubai on February 15.

Microsoft Gulf had claimed that despite the delay to the launch ceremony, Vista had been available at stores in the UAE since January 30.

However, a joint Windows Middle East and IT Weekly straw poll conducted the morning of the Middle East launch event discovered several UAE retail stores had yet to stock the OS.

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