Further analysis from research firm In-Stat indicates that the launch of Windows Vista didn't have a major impact on global PC sales:
"With the recent release of Vista, a short-term rise in PC demand is anticipated," says Ian Lao, In-Stat analyst. "System sales that had been muted waiting for systems pre-loaded with Vista rather than XP are expected to work through sales channels in the next two quarters. However, these sales represent an offset from last year rather than actual new demand creation."
Corporate buying cycles continue to be the dominant factor in enterprise demand for new PCs, noted In-Stat. Memory manufacturers are likely to see the most benefit from Vista, with an increase of over 20% annually through the end of the decade for all of MOS memory. Average consumers wanting Vista are more likely to purchase an entire new system instead of a system upgrade.