Pent-Up Demand for Vista Apparently Still Pent-Up
An interesting metric for you: Of the products listed on Amazon’s Top 10 Bestsellers in Computers & PC Hardware, five are Apple MacBooks. One is an ASUS Eee PC running Linux. One is a Samsung HDTV monitor. And the remaining three are netbook/mini laptops running Windows. Windows XP Home, that is. None run Vista. In fact, Microsoft’s next-generation OS doesn’t appear on the list until No. 25, and puts in just two more appearances after that in the top 50.
An anecdotal observation, to be sure. There are other online PC retailers. Still, Amazon (AMZN) is generally a pretty good barometer of consumer sentiment. Perhaps that sentiment will change with the debut of Windows 7, which, according to Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer, is what Vista should have been. “[Windows 7] is Windows Vista, a lot better,” Ballmer said yesterday. “Windows Vista is good, Windows 7 is Windows Vista with cleanup in user interface [and] improvements in performance.”