You may recall that, almost two weeks ago, the Gartner Group was reported to be recommending that businesses hold off on Vista upgrades until 2008. This was greeted with a certain amount of furor. Now, Colin Barker at CNET has the latest:
Gartner Group has clarified its advice for when users should consider moving to Microsoft Vista, saying that organizations still running Windows 2000 should consider upgrading as soon as Vista ships.
Previously, Gartner had advised that “companies shouldn’t rush to upgrade to Microsoft Windows Vista” and that “most firms could safely hold back until 2008.”
A second research note has now been issued about the upcoming update to Windows, because–Gartner claimed–its recommendations had “been misinterpreted in some instances.” While its original advice did not appear to change, Gartner is warning that anyone who wants to deploy Vista in 2008 needs to do plenty of preparation work.
OK, got it. While I understand the value of this kind of advice for large organizations that have the resources to reimage every new machine they get, the fact is that smaller organizations will be introducing Vista with just about the first new client hardware they get after Vista launches in 2H2006. While I hope that some of them do “plenty of preparation work,” I suspect that most will be implicitly relying on Vista to play nice with their existing setup. If it doesn’t do that, it’s de facto broken and I’m sure Microsoft realizes that.