Vista's impact Mac sales will be minimal

Written by Tim Smalley

February 15, 2007 | 13:14

Tags: #impact #mac #sales #vista #windows

Companies: #apple #microsoft

According to a report published by Piper Jaffray, a market research firm in the US, the release of Windows Vista is expected to have little to no impact on Apple's sales figures.

Gene Munster, an analyst from Piper Jaffray, surveyed fifty Best Buy retail stores in the US to reach this conclusion. Of the stores that took part in this research, 72 percent said that Vista had created more interest in new PCs.

More interestingly though, 80 percent of the stores surveyed claimed that Vista sales were lower than they had anticipated.

In the report, Munster said that Apple's market share is expected to slide in the second quarter, due to an anticipated spike in demand for PCs coming with Vista pre-installed.

However, Munster also believes that widespread computer upgrades could lead consumers to evaluate their options and could result in Apple gaining some ground in the market if it manages to sway buyers away from the PC.

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