Windows: Vista sales picking up steam

When Microsoft posted its financial results for the first quarter of its 2008 fiscal year last month, it said its revenue had grown 27% year-over-year. The company credited in part "robust" sales of Windows Vista for the increase.

Now, eWeek reports that Microsoft is indeed beginning to see "mass adoption" of Vista. Specifically, Microsoft Platform and Services Group President Kevin Johnson told the site, "We feel like we are starting to hit our stride not only in demand, but in deployment in business."

Microsoft's statement is corroborated by some analysts, such as Charles Di Bona from Bernstein Research. Di Bona believes the Vista upgrade cycle is "underappreciated," and he expects growth in Microsoft's Windows business to exceed expectations. According to Di Bona, Windows business growth for Microsoft's 2008 fiscal year will add up to 15%, three points above Microsoft's own prediction. Those extra two points should yield an additional $300 million in revenue, eWeek says.

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