While the launch of Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system will drive consumer PC sales in the coming months, the operating system's impact on sales of Apple's Macintosh are expected to be minimal, according to a recent report.
In a Feb. 14 research report, Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray, surveyed 50 Best Buy retail stores and found that while the launch of the consumer version of Vista in January has driven buyers to look at new PCs, it does not appear this will affect Mac sales.
Of the 50 stores surveyed, 72 percent told Munster that Vista was driving an interest in new PCs, while only 29 percent said it wasn't. However, 80 percent of stores reported selling less Vista operating systems than anticipated.
However, Munster cautions that if buyers stick with buying Microsoft-based PCs, it could have an impact on Mac sales during the second quarter of this year. Mac's share of the market, according to the report, is expected to slide from 2.5 percent to 2.3 percent by the second quarter.
"Due to pent-up demand for PCs with Vista preinstalled, we anticipate a spike in PC sales during the Mar-07 quarter, which could put downward pressure on Mac market share," Munster wrote.
There also is a strong possibility that the renewed interest in purchasing a PC, especially a notebook, could lead consumers to consider a Mac as an alternative to a Windows-based computer.
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