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Vista Upgrades to the Tune of $13.5 Billion -- What a Deal!

ROI guru Ian Campbell of Nucleus Research did some simple math the other day and calculated that if only one-fourth of XP users upgrade their machines to Vista, the overall cost would be $13.5 billion (I'm not sure if Campbell rounded up or down).

Campbell compares this unfavorably to Jamaica, which has a gross national product of just $12.2 billion.

I prefer to think of Steve Ballmer, who, with $13.6 billion, could pay for all these upgrades and still have $100 million to spend on Xboxes for needy suburban teens.

Posted by Doug Barney on November 21, 2006 at 11:52 AM


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