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August 1, 2006

Businesses predictably shy about Vista

Posted by David Hunter at 8:02 PM ET.

Dina Bass for Bloomberg News:

Microsoft Corp. may have to wait at least a year for most U.S. companies to switch to the new version of its Windows operating system, according to a survey by JupiterResearch.

About 50 percent of companies either won’t deploy Windows Vista at all or will wait at least 13 months after the system’s November corporate release to begin installation, said Jupiter analyst Joe Wilcox, who surveyed 207 companies with more than 100 employees. An additional 13 percent had never heard of the new operating system.

I guess the 13% proves that the world really doesn’t turn on the latest Microsoft operating system.

Customers including Jeff Chasney, chief information officer at CKE Restaurants Inc., and Thaddeus Arroyo, chief information officer at Atlanta-based Cingular Wireless LLC, said they want to make sure flaws in Vista are fixed before rolling out the program.

“We will switch to it, but we won’t lead,” Arroyo said in an interview. “Let somebody else work out the bugs.”

“We always wait awhile,” said Chasney, whose Carpinteria, Calif.-based CKE Restaurants operates chains including Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. “Those releases have some rough edges. The last thing we want to do is subject a bunch of people to them.”

This is no particular surprise, since being shy of “version 1.0″ has a long and honorable history and given the continuing unease about Vista, is probably more justifiably prudent than usual. With personal computers the trick is to find a vendor that will sell you one preloaded with the previous Windows operating system instead of the latest and greatest. If your business chooses to reload all new systems with a custom image anyhow, then it’s no problem as Microsoft volume licensees can basically load whatever they want using downgrade rights. Of course, that’s generally only for larger businesses, but that’s what the JupiterResearch report covers as Wilcox discusses at his blog.

Filed under General Business, Licensing, Microsoft, OS - Client, Obsolescence, Windows Vista

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