"There is a backlog," says Mark Croft, lead product manager for Windows XP. "What happened is we made some projections about how many additional family licenses we would sell in the first 90 days, and the demand has far exceeded our expectations." Microsoft won't give figures, or even reveal the percentage of sales that are family licenses.Family licenses let you buy a few additional copies of XP at a $10 discount, what Microsoft claims it costs them to actually print the CD and materials. Instead of getting the full package, you get a paper license and product key code.
Could the WPA be having a real effect on casual piracy, or did Microsoft just do a lousy job estimating how many family licenses it would need? Thanks to Slashdot for the tip.