Windows 7 beats Harry Potter?

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Is Steve Ballmer having a celebration drink at the release of Windows 7? Who cares? its the end user thats important and as we saw in the case of Vista its not Microsoft's fault!

It seems coincidental that Windows 7 sales on Amazon are alleged to have beaten that of the book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows AND Steve Ballmer CEO has, in my opinion, more than a passing resemblance to Voldemort from the Harry Potter films.

Putting that aside is it really celebration time at Microsoft or more importantly for its customers?  Keep in mind that Microsoft (Bill Veghte) is reported as saying:

The problem for Microsoft wasn’t that products like Vista were bad, It’s that the company wasn’t telling its story well enough

Of course, silly me! There was me thinking the internet was awash with problems and complaints from its users (myself included) and all the time the only thing wrong was Microsoft wasn’t telling its story well enough…..I don’t know about anyone else but I’m convinced.

Back in the real world…..

Makes you wonder if Microsoft will ever apologise for the Vista fiasco (and maybe also justify the need to upgrade XP to 7)  Sure in comparison to Vista, 7 is a great upgrade, but what then of the people that either wanted to (or indeed want to) go back to XP.  Wheres the upgrade benefits for them?

Whilst IMO the gaming platform on the PC is starting to die (in favor of a console solution) gamers still seem (IMO) to want XP for Windows gaming in order that they get every ounce of CPU power out of their machines.  Don’t think so?  Check the gaming performance stats for XP and 7.

Windows 7 beats Harry Potter?  I would hope so, when you look at how many potential customers there are for an OS compared to a book which will interest only some people, its too right that Windows 7 would beat it.  To suggest that this is some sort of sign of Windows 7 greatness is not only silly but in my opinion dishonest.

Mr Ballmer the face of Microsoft and also allegedly pushing out more copies of Windows 7 than a Harry Potter book....
Mr Ballmer the face of Microsoft and also allegedly pushing out more copies of Windows 7 than a Harry Potter book....

Still doesn’t answer the question though that why should a Vista user pay again simply to get the software they expected in the first place.  Why does Microsoft seem to continue to refuse to accept any blame for Vista and more importantly why should anyone pay Microsoft again for another upgrade.

The answer of course is bound to come in a wordy, meaningless reply that seeks to confuse more than inform.  Of course thats the remit of the MS faithful and the tactic they have relied on for years IMO.

Microsoft in party mode at the moment?  Doesn’t really matter, I tend to think the functionality of software is more important than any glitz that a company wants to dress its recent release up in.  Maybe thats where Vista went wrong?

Start saving now, the road to Windows 8 and more purchases starts today.

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com

Is there a similarity between Lord Voldemort and Ballmer, I'll let you decide as Microsoft basks in its alleged news of pushing more copies of 7 than Deathly Hallows...
Is there a similarity between Lord Voldemort and Ballmer, I'll let you decide as Microsoft basks in its alleged news of pushing more copies of 7 than Deathly Hallows...


11 Comments Add yours

  1. Marco says:

    It is, simply, the marketing’s triumph over the common sense.
    Windows Seven is a Windows Vista polishing and nothing more. Then, why if XP was enough until some days ago, now we seem need desperately to Windows Seven? , It is because Microsoft has used ‘all roads’ that could use, legitimate (advertising) as illegitimate (bribes= gifts to bloggers and journalists ‘objectives’) getting that we would wish to possess, almost irrationally, Windows Seven (BTW: it bought marketing’s company after the Vista fiasco).
    Sadly this is an example (one more) that, pressing the right buttons, we just are a herd of sheep.

  2. openbytes says:

    and I think also it shows that due to the nature of Vista, it means that 7 is a must have upgrade. I wonder if 7 will have issues that make 8 a worthwhile purchase?

    In the meantime I wonder if XP users are scratching their heads and wondering what benefit 7 holds for them.

  3. Bing says:

    Quote: The problem for Microsoft wasn’t that products like Vista were bad, It’s that the company wasn’t telling its story well enough UnQuote

    response: Ha HA HA HA HA HA

    I vote for Potter (it will last longer)

  4. openbytes says:

    Maybe those Xbox 360’s didn’t really have to be returned because of the red rings of death, maybe that too was just a story Microsoft wasn’t telling properly and users had it all wrong.

    I think “story” is the operative word. IMO Microsoft has one for all of its problems.

    The question that needs to be put to Bill Veghte is now, if Vista isn’t bad, why should anyone upgrade it to 7 then? and why is Microsoft releasing it?

  5. David Gerard says:

    It didn’t outsell it. The specific claim was that Windows 7 had a greater dollar value of prerelease sales than Deathly Hallows did.

  6. r4i software says:

    Hi,
    I like this article but..
    last night i went to the midnight premiere of harry potter and the half blood prince! I was honestly so disappointed! was it just me or did it seem very choppy and for some reason didn’t feel like it was a harry potter movie. Don’t get me wrong some of the parts in it were either really funny or somewhat scary but i really was not satisfied. I don’t know, what did you think?? Am i wrong? Give me your opinions..

  7. openbytes says:

    lol…whilst the picture was more to represent the comment that Windows 7 is alleged to have shifted more copies than a Harry Potter book, I have seen the movies…

    All I’ll say (in order to prevent flaming by HP fans) is, I prefered the books.

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