On the Windows Vista front, Microsoft claims that it is on schedule to release the next generation OS in the second half of this year. The company claims that Vista is the single largest upgrade for Windows users since Windows 95, which was a revolutionary change. Microsoft executives have made predictions that 200 million new PCs will ship with Vista installed in the first two years of its life span – more than three times the amount shipped with Windows 95 in that OS’s first two years of life.

Analysts from Goldman Sachs have forecast Vista will create revenues of more than $1.35 billion in the first 18 months alone. But many users are expected to take a "wait and see" approach to the new operating system, in case problems emerge.