Monday, February 05, 2007

Vista hits retail shelves..., only shelves...

Last week, Microsoft's long-delayed Vista hit the retail shelves to let consumers get their hands on their coolest operating system in their history...., but not many did. Stores saw only a trickle of early adopters on Tuesday. Retailers around the world held special midnight events Monday or opened early Tuesday when Microsoft released its Vista and Office 2007 products in 70 countries.
However, for example, at a CompUSA store at Raleigh, NC, only a dozen customers braved the late night to stake their claim on a copy of Vista.

Do not misunderstand, this is not the trend. Just the week before, the video game World of Warcraft - The Burning Crusade hit the shelves and sold a smashing record of 2.4M copies in just 24 hours worldwide. I don't have the numbers on Vista's opening day sales yet, but no where close!
Simply because
  • It is a Microsoft product, let's wait for them to fix the bugs
  • What is the 'killer' application in Vista? Why should I upgrade?
Nevertheless, new PCs shipped from the manufacturers like Dell and HP will go with Vista henceforth. That should be something to cheer about for Windows lovers. But, is this the best that the world's richest and largest software company can do? C'mon....they've spent half a decade in developing the product and planning this release...



Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are you comparing? A video game and an operating system?

4:38 AM  
Blogger Padmanaban Kumar (Paddu @ Just for Kicks) said...

I don't see why I shouldn't, my friend. I'm just trying to show what attracts people and what doesn't. Remember the target customers and market are not very different, except that Vista is intended for a larger audience.

4:34 PM  

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