Microsoft strokes own ego and fudges Vista sales figuresMikey 7 comments
I find this utterly hilarious. Microsoft's figures representing Vista sales are about to take a massive skew. Why? Here's the skinny. As you may or may not know Microsoft want to pull the plug on Windows XP at the end of June to (in theory) increase the uptake of Vista. Dell want nothing to do with that as they say it is difficult to sell their computers with Vista installed. Dell has now announced that they will still be selling computers with XP after June thanks to a technical loophole that will allow Microsoft to sell them XP under a Vista license. Get this:
"Dell will take advantage of a licensing option in Vista Business and Vista Ultimate that lets PC makers provide XP under the Vista license, which Microsoft calls a "downgrade" license. (Enterprises with site licenses have these same rights with any version of Vista.) In essence, the user is buying a Vista license that it can apply to XP, and Microsoft can still claim a Vista sale."
Some will say it's shear brilliance, others will say it's the equivalent of shady book-keeping. It's good news for consumers still wary of adopting Vista, but it also means Microsoft can now sell XP in droves and add the numbers into the Vista sales column thereby skewing the public perception of Vistas' popularity into their favour.