News on the retail front is brighter for Office, which was released to stores the same day as Vista.
Retail sales of Office products from January through June were roughly double those of Office 2003 during its first six months on the market and up 59.6 percent from Office sales for the first six months of last year. (Sales of Office 2003 at retail continued to grow over the life of the product.)
While much of the sales were for the new Office 2007, Swenson said just over 20 percent of all boxed copies of Office were Office for Mac. Swenson credited the large number of people switching to Macs as part of the reason for the spike in Mac Office sales.
Unclear if the boxed Vista sales numbers are a big deal; with current PC prices, I suspect many people are simply buying new PCs rather than spending a large percentage of the cost of a new PC to upgrade their old PCs to Vista.