MikeNash,MicrosoftCorporateVicePresident,WindowsProductManagement

Nash:WhilewevebeenpleasedwiththepositiveresponseweveseenandheardfromcustomersusingWindowsVista,therearesomecustomerswhoneedalittlemoretimetomaketheswitchtoWindowsVista。

Asitturnsout,ourofficialpolicyasof2002isthatversionsofWindowsareavailablethroughourretailanddirectOEMpartnersforfouryearsaftertheyship。

ObviouslythispolicydidntworkwithWindowsXPgivenWindowsVistasdeliverydate。

Asapracticalmatter,mostofourpreviousoperatingsystemreleaseswereavailableforabouttwoyearsafterthenewversionshipped,somaybewewerealittleambitioustothinkthatwewouldneedtomakeWindowsXPavailableforonlyayearafterthereleaseofWindowsVista。

SowererespondingtofeedbackwehavegottenfromourOEMpartnersthatsomecustomerswillbenefitbyextendingavailabilityofWindowsXPtoJune30,2008insteadoftheplanneddateofJan。

30,2008。

Also,sincesomeofthesystemsthatshipinemergingmarketsdontmeettherequirementsforWindowsVista,wewillbeextendingavailabilityofWindowsXPStarterEditiontoJune30,2010。

ThiswillallowourOEMpartnerswhosellPCsinemergingmarketsmoreopportunitytooffergenuineWindowslicenses。

WindowsXPStarterEditionistailoredtolocalmarkets,inlocallanguages,andiscompatiblewithawiderangeofWindows-basedapplicationsanddevices。

PressPass:WhatsthefeedbackyourehearingfromcustomersingeneralabouttheadoptionofWindowsVista,andwhatisMicrosoftdoingtohelpcustomerswhoneedassistancepreparingfortheupgrade?

Nash:Withmorethan60millionlicensessoldasofthissummer,WindowsVistaisontracktobethefastest-sellingoperatingsysteminMicrosoftshistory。

AndwhilemanylargebusinessesaremovingincrediblyfasttoWindowsVistasuchasBancoBradesco,ContinentalAirlinesandCharterCommunications,allofwhichbroadlyadoptedthenewsystemshortlyafteritbecameavailablewearecommittedtohelpingcustomersofallsizeswiththetransition。

Someneedmoretime,andweunderstandandrespectthat。

Forothers,weredeliveringavarietyoftoolstohelpthem,fromtoolkitstoaidinhardwareassessmentandapplicationcompatibility,toDesktopDeploymentPlanningServicesprovidedbymorethan600partnerstoday。

WearecontinuallylisteningtoourcustomersandpartnersaboutwaysthatwecanhelpthemrealizethebenefitsthatWindowsVistaoffers。

Wearealsoveryexcitedbythegreatworkthatourhardware,softwareandOEMpartnershavedonetohelpmakeWindowsVistamorecompatible。

Today,thetop50consumerapplicationsnowhaveaWindowsVistacompatibleversion。

Inaddition,thenumberofdevicessupportedbyWindowsVistaismorethan2million。

PressPass:WhydoesMicrosoftthinkthisistherightthingtodoforthesecustomersinparticular?

WhatwilllikelychangeinthosefivemonthstohelpthembetterprepareforWindowsVistaupgrades?

Nash:AlthoughourresearchwithcustomersbeforeandsincelaunchhasreaffirmedourbeliefthatthepreviousplantoofferWindowsXPthroughJan2008wouldaddresstheneedsofmostcustomers,wedidgetclearfeedbackthattherewasasetofcustomerswhoneededabitmoretime。

FeedbackfromourOEMpartnersandfromcustomersisthattheJune30,2008datewilladdressthoseneeds。

Ofcourse,ourplanwasandcontinuestobethatoursystembuilderpartnerswillbeabletoofferWindowsXPuntilJan。

30,2009。

PressPass:YoumentionedthatyourepleasedwithadoptionwithWindowsVistatodate,ingeneral。

WhattrendsareyouseeinginWindowsVistaadoptionthatareparticularlysurprisingcomparedtopreviousOSdeployments?

Nash:WhileenterprisecustomersalescontinuetobeafairlyevenmixtureofvolumelicenseandOEMpurchases,wereseeingsomenewtrendswithretailcustomersinparticular,asthenumberofPCsandothermachinessoldonthemarketisapproximatelydoublewhatwesawwhenWindowsXPlaunched。

AlargecauseofthisincreaseinPCsalesisduetothedropinhardwarecostsforOEMmanufacturers。

WerealsoseeingmoreretailcustomerspurchasingtheirnewWindowsoperatingsystemwhentheygetanewPCthanweeverhavebefore,ratherthanpurchasingitstandalone。

Andthattrendislikelytocontinue,evenasPCpurchasingpreferencesshift,asanalystsarepredictingthatmobilePCsaleswilleclipsethoseoftraditionaldesktopPCsby2010。

Anotherinterestingtrendofnoteistherecentemergenceofwhatsomewouldcallultra-lowcostPCsthatistosay,PCsthataresoldatreducedpricesbecauseoftheirmorelimitedhardwarecapabilities。

Onaverage,thesemachinestendtohavelowerRAMrequirementscomparedtotheirmoremainstreamPCcounterparts,andarebecomingverybiginemergingmarkets。

WereseeinggreatinterestfromourOEMpartnersinhavingWindowsonthesemachines,suchaspre-installingthemwithStartereditioninover100emergingmarketcountriesworldwide。

Thatcontinuestobeatrendwerekeepingoureyeon,aseventhoughweexpecthardwarecoststocontinuetodrop,itreaffirmsforusthatnotallcustomerswantthesamethingfromtheircomputers。

Itsearlydaysstill,butifthingscontinueaswereexpecting,WindowsVistawillbethefastestsellingoperatingsysteminourhistory。

Andwhilethatsgratifyingononelevelwhenyouconsiderallthearchitecturalchangesweintroduced,italsosuggestswevedonealotofthingsrightindeliveringvaluetoourcustomers。