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Vista: saving grace for the PC industry?

With Windows Vista having been already released for business customers and on the way to consumers in a little over a month, the PC industry is hoping the operating system will reinvigorate interest in technology. Consumers have become content with the massive amounts of processing power, huge amounts of memory, capacious hard drives and very little to take advantage of that power on a daily basis besides gaming.

According to the Washington Post, the prediction was the PC industry would grow by as much as 10% for 2006. Instead, we saw the two top players in the market, HP and Dell, stumble during the third quarter -- so much in fact that Q3 was the first time since 2002 that PC sales in the United States actually dropped. This is despite aggressive pricing on desktop and notebooks from all major players in the industry.

So with the industry dragging its feet through 2006, many are looking to Vista as the cure-all. The operating system, which will be released to consumers on January 30 will add to the bottom line of companies across the country. The Washington Post reports that "According to a Microsoft-commissioned study by the IDC market research firm, every dollar of Windows revenue translates into $18 in sales for someone else in the U.S. alone."IDC also forecasts that worldwide shipments of Windows Vista are expected to top 90 million units by the end of 2007.

Despite the rosy predictions on Vista shipments for 2007, according to Softchoice Research, half of North American PCs aren't even up to the task of running Vista. On top of that, many companies often wait a year or so (or at least until the first service pack) before they start employing new versions of Windows from Microsoft to work out issues with software incompatibilities and hardware issues.

So while many companies may benefit from the release of a new Windows operating system, that benefit may be delayed as everyone catches up.
Source: DailyTech

This is a different article on the same topic of my previous newspost - http://www.overclock.net/news-overcl...-industry.html.
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So, if I'm reading correctly they are saying that its good Vista uses so much resources?
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It's great that Vista can utilize the the full power of your DX9/10 cards!! If you want the features and security of Vista over older Microsoft OSs you'll need to upgrade to a Vista capable machine, meaning the people who still run Millenium on their machines from 1999 will finally have to breakdown and get a decent system and I won't have to restore another Active Desktop after a Millenium crash.
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Regular users don't care what operating system is on a computer. They just look at price and how "pretty" it looks. They're not going to buy a new pc because it has Vista, they're going to buy a new pc because they want a new pc.

I'm certainly not going to be upgrading anytime soon. Hell, I've only been running XP for a year. I used 2000 for the 4 or 5 yrs before that. I'll at least wait until there's a Vista Lite (full features without the bloat) (if you know about XP Lite, then you'll understand).
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