Originally by: Dark Shikari
They did a survey and 88% of Windows users said that they were not planning to upgrade to Vista in the next year.
The only copies of Vista selling are coming with new machines, and even Dell was forced by their userbase to start selling Windows XP on their computers again.
I think you overestimate the average consumer.
I work in a PC store, my job is to sell
machines pre-installed with Vista (and nothing but Vista) and hoardes of people happily come and do so. We don't even sell a boxed version of XP anymore.
Surveys of that nature are decieving as they don't represent the entire spectrum of Windows users. I'm sure 90% of the members of a popular tech forum, for example, wouldn't be planning on upgrading to Vista in the next year - but that dosen't automatically mean those same figures can be used for all windows users
as it simply dosen't represent them.
When you or me are looking to upgrade, we don't get the latest OS until we actually need
it. Most people arn't like you or me though, as they're just looking for something that does the job for the next 3-5 years at which point they'll just buy an entirely new machine for the following 3-5 years, saving on the complexities of upgrading or building PCs themselves (which also voids warranty) and almost certainly coming with the latest Microsoft OS.