Poor OS means poor sales, says Acer boss

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by carl feredeck, Jul 25, 2007.

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    Acer: PC industry 'disappointed' with Vista
    Poor OS means poor sales, says Acer boss
    Matthew Broersma, Techworld
    23 July 2007
    Acer president Gianfranco Lanci became the first major PC manufacturer to
    openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system in the
    Financial Times Deutschland on Monday.

    Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and
    businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report. Taiwan-based
    Acer is the world's fourth-largest PC manufacturer, after HP, Dell and

    "The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista," Lanci said.

    Despite the long wait between Windows XP and Vista, the latest operating
    system still lacks maturity, he said. "Stability is certainly a problem," he

    Users are voting with their feet, Lanci said, so that the Vista launch has
    had the smallest impact on PC sales of any version of Windows in the history
    of PC manufacturing. He added the situation didn't look likely to change in
    the next six months.

    Many business customers have specifically asked for Windows XP to be
    installed on their new machines, Lanci noted.

    While industry pundits have detailed user problems with Vista over the past
    few months, including sluggishness, the expense of acquiring hardware
    powerful enough to run the OS and lack of support for many critical
    applications, PC makers have so far looked on the brighter side.

    HP, Dell, Lenovo and Toshiba have continued offering XP-equipped machines,
    but these are generally aimed at consumers or small businesses, not large
    corporate clients.

    Microsoft itself says Vista has been a smashing successs, saying it had
    already sold 20 million Vista licences by March.

    Last week the company said its quarterly income was $13.4 billion ($6.5
    billion), up 13 percent from the same quarter last year, growth it said was
    partly due to strong Vista sales.

    The company has said most Vista users are satisfied and that nearly all
    software and hardware is compatible.

    On the other hand, the company recently told analysts it expects Windows XP
    to make up a significantly larger part of sales than it had previously
    expected, at Vista's expense.

    Chief financial officer Chris Liddell has told analysts that he expects XP
    to make up 22 percent of sales in Microsoft's new fiscal year, up from the
    previous estimate of 15 percent. Vista would make up the remaining 78
    percent of Windows sales. Windows XP sales will, in other words, be nearly
    50 percent higher in the next 12 months than Microsoft had estimated

    Michael Cherry, analyst with Directions at Microsoft, said part of the
    problem is that users prefer lower-cost machines that might not work well
    with Vista.

    "Most of the machines I see pitched in catalogues are in the $700 range,
    certainly under $1,000," said Cherry. "Computers with that amount of
    hardware are a better fit for XP. With Vista's requirements, people may be
    thinking about sticking with XP, and putting less money into the hardware."

    It's possible, Cherry added, that Microsoft might find itself forced to
    recognise more reality in the future. "At some point, they might have to
    consider limiting the availability of XP," to push people to Vista.

    The software developer has made at least one move in that direction already.
    In mid-April, it announced it would terminate sales of Windows XP to
    resellers and retail after January 2008. User reactions were almost
    unanimously negative.

    Gregg Keizer of Computerworld contributed to this report.
    carl feredeck, Jul 25, 2007
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  3. Here we go again kids, another Kevin Panzke - Brain dead as usual, Just
    Spanky deMonkey, Jul 26, 2007
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    Mike Guest

    Indeed. If Acer is so "disappointed" with Vista they can always start
    selling Linux machines. I'm sure those would just *fly* off the shelves!

    Mike, Jul 26, 2007
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    Kerry Brown Guest

    Part of Acer's problem is of their own making. Before Vista was released
    they were aggressively marketing "Vista Ready" computers (especially
    notebooks) that barely met the specs for Vista Home Basic. Customers that
    tried to upgrade these computers to Vista were not happy with the results.
    After Vista was released they re-imaged many of these machines and sold them
    with Vista Home Premium. They used beta drivers in a bid to be first to
    market with Vista. These underpowered (even for XP) computers with buggy
    drivers and buggy "free" programs like an incompatible version of Norton AV
    are absolutely horrible to use. Their current machines actually aren't bad
    but I imagine they have had a lot of returns, complaints, and unsatisfied
    customers with their early Vista computers. It's really too bad because I
    actually like some of the Acer notebooks. I'm typing this on one that runs
    Vista very well.
    Kerry Brown, Jul 26, 2007
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    Julian Guest

    Yes, stack them by the beard, sandals & lentil shelves
    (and far away from the soap)
    Julian, Jul 26, 2007
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    DP Guest

    Jeez, Julian, was that supposed to be a hippie joke?
    Wow. I'll bet that wasn't even funny in 1966, when, say, Don Rickles might
    have come up with it.
    For you younger folks, see, the story was that hippies wore sandals and had
    beards and didn't like to bathe.
    What that has to do with Linux, I dunno. And I dunno what a beard shelf is

    And lentils? Well, my mama used to cook lentils and she was born in the
    1920s and didn't wear sandals or a beard.
    DP, Jul 26, 2007
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    Julian Guest

    Is that so?
    Julian, Jul 26, 2007
  9. carl feredeck

    DP Guest

    I swear.
    DP, Jul 26, 2007
  10. carl feredeck

    Julian Guest

    Is that so?
    Julian, Jul 26, 2007
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    Gladiator Guest

    Gladiator, Jul 26, 2007
  12. Yes it does.. let down by poor video drivers which are the responsibility of
    the video card manufacturers..


    Mike Hall
    MS MVP Windows Shell/User
    Mike Hall - MVP, Jul 26, 2007
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    Alias Guest

    Which is another reason to wait on Vista if you plan to get it.

    Alias, Jul 26, 2007
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    Bill Yanaire Guest

    Oh wow, didn't have your "Ubuntu is HEAVEN" script in front of you to preach
    the wonders of the Linux/TOY world? Remember (according to the world of
    Alias), everything on the planet can be fixed if you use Ubuntu. Isn't that
    right? Even global warming!
    Bill Yanaire, Jul 26, 2007
  15. Linux is not great... Xp is not great, Mac OSX is not great...

    carl feredeck, Jul 26, 2007
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    Bill Yanaire Guest

    Then go there are get the hell away from here, retard
    Bill Yanaire, Jul 26, 2007
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    Alias Guest

    No, that isn't right. Not even close.

    Alias, Jul 26, 2007
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    Gary Guest

    I can send you my DOS 6.0 disk.
    Gary, Jul 26, 2007
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    Mr. Happy Guest

    ROFL! English obviously isn't your first language. Either that, or you
    shouldn't have skipped Grade III English classes.

    Shake Hands With,
    Mr. Happy
    Mr. Happy, Jul 26, 2007
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    Bill Yanaire Guest

    That's why I had so much trouble in Grade IV English! Damn
    Bill Yanaire, Jul 26, 2007
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