I’m a long-time reader of Mary-Jo Foley’s “All About Microsoft” blog on ZDNet. One of her recent postings (7/23/2009) is entitled “The Scarlet V: What’s a Vista business user to do?” addresses some issues about migrating to Vista, even at a time when a newer operating system (Windows 7) is about to be released. She observes that until recently, MS execs have continued to advise enterprise customers to continue with their Vista migration plans if those plans were already underway, but that they might want to skip ahead to Windows 7 if those plans were still in the planning (or considering) stages.
She then raises the interesting possibility that Vista users may be turning into second class desktop citizens at Microsoft, but proceeds to refute that possibility via an interview she conducts with Mike Angiulo, General Manager of Microsoft’s Planning and PC Ecosystem team. She then examines Dell’s position on migration, and talks about the US Air Force which has already deployed 90,000 Vista desktop and notebook installations. The question remains an interesting and puzzling one, though —namely: “What should enterprise customers who’ve started or planned to migrate to Vista do now, in anticipation of Windows 7’s October release?”
What really makes this blog post worth chewing on, however, is the Talkback section where readers have already posted 149 comments as I write this blog. Therein, you’ll find all stripes of Vista regard well represented, from total loathing, to “it’s just another OS, live with it” to “Vista is a good, solid operating system that works well and has caused no special problems for us.” Absolutely fascinating to read, because Vista stirs so much passion in the responses you’ll find, all across the love it/hate it spectrum. Be sure to check this one out.