Amazon, for instance, lists Windows 7 as their top seller in software, with different versions of the OS taking up the number one and number two slots in software sales. A $49 price tag compared to typical upgrade prices at easily twice that is much easier to swallow, particularly for people who paid for a copy of Vista in the past two years. The news must also be encouraging to Microsoft, who has been stuck with two large pools of both Vista and XP users. They had one group sour over perceived deficits in Vista and the other unwilling to upgrade, both of which put pressure on them.
Regardless of what you may have to say about Vista, most beta-testers have agreed that Windows 7 has a lot going for it. Hopefully the positive pre-release reviews hold true after launch in September of this year.