Whenever Microsoft releases a new version of its Windows OS, people generally line up to buy. They often go so far as to just buy a whole new PC to replace their aging rig, or because they don’t feel comfortable installing the OS themselves. Generally the industry sees a large surge in sales that immediately follow the release of a new OS.
President of ACER, Gianfranco Lanci, says that Windows Vista has proven an exception to this pattern.
“Never before had a new version of Windows done so little to boost PC sales.
"And that's not going to change in the second half of this year," Lanci said.
"I really don't think that someone has bought a new PC specifically for Vista," he added.
Microsoft's operating system commands a market share of around 90 percent, with Apple and Linux accounting for the rest.”
Of course there are dozens of other factors to consider, not the least of which are the economic issues paired with the fact that powerful hardware is available at a lower price than ever before.