Sales of Windows Vista in the month of February have actually surpassed those of Windows XP in the two months after its release, according to a report by eWeek. Microsoft Windows client group director Kevin Kurtz told the site that more than 20 million copies of the new operating system were sold worldwide in February alone. This makes Vista more successful than XP, which only sold 17 million copies globally within the two months after its October 25, 2001 launch. According to Kurtz, Vista is “on track” to become the fastest-adopted version of Windows ever.
The figures quoted by Kurtz come despite a report posted by market research firm NPD in February. NPD’s report said retail sales of Vista during the first week after launch were 59% lower than sales of its predecessor in the week following October 25, 2001. NPD did also state that PC sales in the week after the Vista release were up 67%, though, which could account for the new operating system’s purported sales success.