The Vista debate continues. John Dvorak and others have weighed in on the price, confusing SKU array and other potential hurdles to adoption.Most damning, in my view, have been the anecdotal comments among long-time Microsoft partners. I always ask these partners what they see in terms of Vista adoption at customer sites.
The near-uniform reaction to this question is not even verbal. It is laughter. VARs laugh when asked about Vista implementations: They are just not seeing them.
That’s not too surprising given that 1: Vista has been broadly available for less than a year and 2: people are pretty happy with Windows XP. But, people should pay attention anyway. Given the sheer noise going into this release years in advance (remember the laughable claims about “Vista capable” older PCs?) there should be more action by now.
Forrester Research analyst Benjamin Gray says enterprise accounts are now getting serious about migration to Vista and he expects broad rollouts to start in the middle of next year. By that time Service Pack 1 should be out there, giving companies some comfort.
The thing that struck me most talking to Gray was his contention that some security and UI improvements aside, the most compelling reason to move to Vista is to stay current with Microsoft support.
This should raise eyebrows. If solution provider customers are upgrading just to “stay legal” means, to me, that they do not see feature- and function benefits in the operating system.
That should worry Microsoft.
Barbara Darrow, a Boston area freelancer, can be reached at email@example.com.