Last week, at Microsoft's annual Financial Analysts Meeting, Stephen Elop, president of Microsoft's Business division, revealed a sales figure that wasn't meant to fight bad press around Vista. Elop was talking about Microsoft Office 2007, and he threw out a statistic that might be a bit surprising at first:
We made some very bold moves to improve the user experience with Office 2007. And as you can see in this graph, we're getting some really good pickup on that. There have been 120 million Office licenses sold since the launch of Office 2007, which is just a great result.
When compared with the 180 million Vista licenses sold, it appears at first glance that Vista is doing much better than Office 2007, considering their launch was simultaneous. Piracy rates cannot be measured, so it isn't really clear which software is being adopted faster. It is important to remember, however, that an operating system is more of a nuisance to pirate than an office suite, and that Vista is more expensive than Office 2007.
Also, Vista comes preinstalled on millions of OEM computers, and although Office 2007 trials sometimes come preinstalled as well, consumers usually have to make a conscious choice to purchase the latest version of Microsoft's office suite. Furthermore, while Vista may require a new computer, Office 2007 can be installed on Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, or a later operating system. It's hard to say which is doing better, but I would guess that businesses are moving to Office 2007 faster than they are to Vista, and that this trend is the exact opposite for individual consumers.
Further reading:Microsoft: Press Release