Analyst: Vista to cost MS $395m in next year

by admin June 12, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Windows Vista’s poor reception will cost Microsoft an estimated $395 million dollars over the next 12 months, says a new investment note by Bernstein senior analyst Charles Di Bona. The researcher predicts the sharp drop in revenue for Microsoft’s fiscal 2009, starting in July, after a survey found mounting complaints about the new operating systems from companies concerned about problems with future upgrades.

Expectations that Vista will be used at the firms by 2011 has dropped from 68 percent in May 2007 to just 26 percent a year later; concerns about steep performance requirements has only 10 percent of those customers now planning to install Vista on existing systems versus 27 percent a year before.

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