Harry Potter Bows Down To Windows 7 Pre-Orders

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News Posted: Thu, Oct 22 2009 4:50 PM
Man, we knew Windows 7 would be a hit, but we definitely didn't seethis coming. The proverbial giant has been toppled, as Microsoft'snewest OS--which launched today, by the way--has beaten the mightyHarry on Amazon UK's pre-order charts. What Harry, you ask? HarryPotter, of course!

As of yesterday, Windows 7 was the outfit's best-selling pre-ordereditem of all time, though specific numbers weren't disclosed. Thosepre-orders began on July 15th, and they even sold out (albeit for onlya short period of time) that very same day. What's wild is that Win7'spre-order rate beat out Vista in a bad, bad way. The amount of Win7pre-orders within the first eight hours beat the amount of Vistapre-orders during the latter's entire pre-order period.



Of course, Microsoft's tasty upgrade pricing and the generalunhappiness with Vista probably helped matters, but to put Mr. Potterto shame (in Rowling's homeland, no less) is still a mighty feat. Goodgoing Microsoft--if you can keep this up, we'd say you'll be enjoying alovely Q4.
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3vi1 replied on Thu, Oct 22 2009 9:00 PM

The saddest part: No Linux distro has ever had a single pre-order.

But maybe because they're free and available for download at any time: http://www.kubuntu.org

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Oct 22 2009 9:04 PM

This story reminds me of the fake lines at the Apple stores for iPhones.  "People want this, so you should too or you're uncool!"

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Haha, them British folk musta reaally hated Vista.

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realneil replied on Fri, Oct 23 2009 8:13 AM

Wake me up when they're giving it away for free,..............

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