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Dawdling on his way back from Paris, Bill Gates has apparently been telling the Portuguese that windows 98 sales so far have been far better than Windows 95's early sales were, and that they've exceeded all his expectations. Readers with non-goldfish memories will however recall that the run-up to the Windows 95 rollout was punctuated by noisy statements by Microsoft about the amount of disk (for thus it was in those days) and CD cutting capacity it had secured, and how many million copies of 95 upgrades would go into the retail market in time for the launch. These efforts were of course somewhat futile, just as previous ones by Microsoft to hype operating system sales through the channel had been. Operating systems get sold, by and large with new machines, in 1998 Microsoft is a lot more capable of getting PC manufacturers to switch over to the new OS than it was in 1995, and in 1998 a lot more PCs are selling than did in 1995. QED, Windows 98 sales outperform Windows 95. Bill obviously hasn't got time to check out his own OEM deals. ®

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