Microsoft is projecting a strong sales increase, due to their upcoming Windows Vista operating system.
On Wednesday a Microsoft vice president detailed for attendees of Merrill Lynch's IT Services & Software Conference Microsoft's reasons for its high expectations for Vista, the release of Windows client due to ship in the latter half of this year.
Microsoft expects 200 million new PCs to ship with Vista preloaded in the first 24 months that the operating system is available, said Michael Sievert, corporate vice president, Windows Product Management & Marketing. Comparatively, Windows 95 shipped on 67 million new PCs during its first two years of life.
Goldman Sachs estimates Windows Vista could earn Microsoft $1 to $1.5 billion of incremental revenue in the first 1.5 years following its launch. Read on over at Microsoft Watch to learn more.