XP still outselling Vista says HP

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A senior executive at HP has said that sales of systems of Windows XP still make up the majority of its sales, despite the operating system being officially withdrawn from sale in June.

Jane Bradburn, market development manager of commercial notebooks for HP Australia told APC Magazine that the company was still selling XP machines, but issuing a Vista license for them. This casts serious doubts over claims from Microsoft that Vista is selling well.

"From the 30th of June, we have no longer been able to ship a PC with a XP licence," she said.

"However, what we have been able to do with Microsoft is ship PCs with a Vista Business licence but with XP pre-loaded. That is still the majority of business computers we are selling today."

This would mean that in Microsoft’s books the sales would show up as a sale of Vista.

Rob Kingston, group manager of commercial product marketing for HP said, " Looking into the crystal ball, I don't think businesses will see much value in upgrading to Vista until late next year, and even so, Microsoft will probably have come out with something else by then."

Companies are not the only people less than enamoured with the operating system. Developers too are it.

The news backs up research by Forrester Research analyst Thomas Mendel, which estimates that only 8.8 per cent of enterprises had adopted Vista, which led to an angry response from Microsoft on its Vista blog, claiming it had sold over 180 million copies of Vista.

“Given that there's a mountain of evidence to refute this report - including multiple reports from Forrester and other top-tier analysts - this appears to be more focused on making sensationalist statements, rather than offering a thoughtful industry perspective, based on conversations with IT operations professionals or deep knowledge of enterprise deployment cycles,” it said.

“How is this useful guidance to customers? It's disappointing to see such a respected organisation like Forrester take this approach.”
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