PC, hardware makers say Vista isn't helping sales

— 1:36 PM on March 30, 2007

Despite Microsoft's triumphant announcement claiming it had sold 20 million copies of Windows Vista in February alone, PC makers and hardware vendors say the new operating system has not boosted demand like many analysts predicted. A Reuters report quoted by the India Times says the new operating system's lower-than-expected sales could lead to oversupply for companies that built up hardware inventory in preparation.

According to Acer president Gianfranco Lanci, PC makers are "really not counting on Vista to drive high demands for the industry." By contrast, the president of Samsung's semiconductor business, Hwang Chang-gyu, says Samsung expected the "Vista impact" on DRAM sales around April but "now we see it delayed into the second half [of the year]." That could be the reason for the downward spiral in memory prices as of late. The Reuters report also quotes an Asustek executive who says his company is not seeing any effects from Vista yet, adding that corporate customers are taking a "wait and see" approach to the new OS for now.

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