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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Vista vs. Leopard in perspective

With the understanding that Microsoft conservatively estimates that over 100 million people will be using Vista by the end of 2007, and over 200 million by the end of 2008, let's see what analysts are saying about OS X Leopard:
Apple's launch of Mac OS X Leopard next quarter is expected to help Mac market share rebound, following the negative impact of the Windows Vista launch. Analyst firm Piper Jaffray estimates that the sequel to Mac OS X Tiger will see sales of 2.6 million copies during the June quarter, adding $130 million to the company's revenues.

Sales of the next-generation operating system ... will near 10 million for the entire fiscal year, as the company has grown its installed base by 25 percent to 20 million since the launch of Mac OS X Tiger nearly two years ago.
So ... Apple will sell in one year what Microsoft sells ... in its first month. Sure, that's great, I guess. But Vista will just keep selling. And selling. And selling. And after the initial Leopard upgrade boom ends quickly, Apple is pretty much back to its million Macs a quarter. Not exactly the recipe for a comeback.

Note: I originally linked to this article as an example of the Mac community's fixation on Vista, but that appears to have been in error. But I'd still like to raise the question: Why is the Mac community so fixated on Vista lately? Is it just because Vista is out now, or is there a feeling that Microsoft finally got it right this time?

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