Enterprise Still Weighing Vista Options

November 17th, 2007 - 7:07 am ICT by admin  

Vista deployments in the enterprise space continue to lag far behind the new operating system’s adoption rates among consumers. According to a new report from Forrester Research, enterprise adoptions hovered at just 2 percent during the first six to eight months of Vista’s initial release.

Enterprises seem to be nine to 12 months behind where they said they’d be right now, noted Gartner Client Computing research vice president Michael Silver. “Our clients are saying they will have 20 percent of their users on Windows Vista by year-end 2008, and usually they don’t get quite as much done in a year as they predict,” Silver said.

By contrast, standardization on Windows XP has gone from 67 percent of all PCs last year to 84 percent of PCs so far this year, according to Forrester Research analyst Benjamin Gray. Microsoft recently extended the shelf life of Vista’s predecessor, which is the only OS rival of major significance that Vista faces today, Grey noted in a new report.

Skipping Vista?

An organization that has just replaced all its PCs — or is just about to replace all its PCs — with ones intended to last for three to four years might be able to skip Vista, Silver explained. “Organizations that replace 25 to 33 percent of their PCs each year should plan on bringing Vista in on new PCs they buy in late 2008 or early 2009, but should think twice about upgrading existing PCs,” Silver advised.

Still, sticking with XP until Windows 7 rolls out has its disadvantages. “Even if Windows 7 does ship in late 2009 as now planned, enterprises won’t be able to deploy it until mid 2011,” Silver observed. “If it slips into 2010 or beyond, so does the 12 to 18 months they’ll spend on planning and testing; and by then, Windows XP…

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