Last October, a Gartner survey found that 64% of companies planned to begin moving from Windows XP to Windows Vista by the winter of 2008. One year later, that number stands at a measly 9%. Vista may be down, but don't count it out.
Up-front disclaimer time: Vista still has plenty to prove. Its reputation has been damaged by early problems, and Microsoft may need to step up to the plate to bring customers back to the feeding trough earlier than 2009.
Vista has had a fair share of problems, from application incompatibility to sluggish performance. My old Dell loads and runs Windows Vista slower than grandma accelerating from a stoplight. Yet these are expected kinks. Previous versions of Windows have had them to some degree and Microsoft and its hardware and software partners have gotten many of the Vista-related incompatibilities fixed.
Then there are annoyances that Microsoft doesn't seem intent on fixing or can't fix. Windows Vista is just different enough from Windows XP to require some employees be re-trained. Don't want to cough up those extra bucks? The easy out is not to install Vista, and if you do, do what Continental Airlines is doing with some of its Vista PCs and tweak the configuration so it looks, smells, and acts similar to XP. I can only imagine the headaches suffered moving employees from DOS to Windows.
One of Microsoft's main value propositions is Vista's security, but the User Account Control authorization dialog boxes are among the most annoying features of the operating system, even sparking an Apple ad in parody. Still, it can be tweaked or generally even turned off so that it's less grating.
Some would argue the damage has been done. That 64% deployment barrier now isn't expected to be reached until early 2009, just around the time Microsoft stops making Windows XP Professional available to white box PC vendors. And Windows "7," the version after Vista, is due either late 2009 or some time in 2010, depending on who you ask and what tea leaves you read.
Virtualization At The Desktop?
Examine how more than 250 companies plan to adopt server virtualization technology in this recent InformationWeek Research report, Server Virtualization.
The BI Explosion
Examine the business intelligence strategies of 500 companies, including deployment drivers and challenges, spending plans, and vendor selection, in this recent InformationWeek Research report.
The Open-ness Of The Open Source Vulnerability Database
There's a lot of open source initiatives out there which aren't just software, but ways to get information into people's hands. Today an open-source supplier of security vulnerability information, the OSVDB, just went live with a whole new revision to their service. The information it provides is free, albeit with some strings attached that have raised a few hackles.
Join Us Tuesday For GridTalk With The Founder Of Caledon
Join us for a discussion with Desmond Shang, founder of the popular Caledon group, a Victorian-themed area that's proven to be one of the most popular areas of Second Life. Many residents and businesses struggle to create compelling content in Second Life -- well, Desmond has done it, and so we can all learn from him.
Report: Mobile Phones To Be Primary Means Of Accessing The Internet In 2008
M/C Ventures is predicting that 2008 will see more people access the Internet via their mobile phones than via desktops or laptops. That's globally. In the developed world, PCs will still be the primary means of access. But in developing regions, most Internet use will come from mobile phones, helping to bridge the digital divide.
Will Today Be The Busiest Day In FedEx's History?
Think you're swamped? FedEx is handling a weekend's worth of e-commerce shopping today, leading the company to project that this will be the busiest day in the company's history. Tomorrow, you can join us for a Webinar with the head of e-commerce applications, and hear how things went.
iPhone Beats Windows Mobile In Browsing Use
Market statistician Net Applications says on its Web site that Apple iPhones currently account for .09% of Web browsing, while all Windows Mobile devices put together account for only .06%. That's pretty astonishing, given the relative numbers of handheld devices running each OS in the marketplace.
Consumer Reports Rating Of iPhone Over Blackberry Is Out Of Sync
Both in naming its winner for best cell phone service provider (Verizon) and best smartphone (Apple's iPhone), Consumer Reports' "Best & worst cell phone deals," in its January issue, is stunningly out of sync with the anecdotal evidence on the street. Most glaring is its generally tepid assessment of RIM's BlackBerrys, which should be at the top of the heap because, to apply the Apple mantra, "they just work."
A Hack Turns iPhone's Still Camera Into Camcorder
Many mobile phones currently on the market come with both a built-in camera and camcorder. I haven't been able to figure out why the iPhone doesn't. But reportedly there's a new hack that allows the iPhone's camera to capture video. Perhaps it's a preview of things to come?
One In Seven Have Been Dumped By A Text Message Or E-Mail
"I Don't Wanna Go Out W/U N E Mor." If you haven't seen a text message like this yet, you may soon. According to a new survey, roughly one in seven say they've been dumped by a boyfriend or girlfriend via text message or e-mail. I guess Kevin Federline isn't alone.
ROI Case Study: ADP Enterprise Etime This analyst report provides an ROI analysis of ADP’s enterprise Etime solution, outlining the various challenges, costs, and benefits that were realized throughout the ADP implementation.
B2B Collaboration: Assessing the ROI of Process Integration Business and IT leaders are under increasing pressure to improve B2B collaboration and the electronic communication capabilities of their organizations. This report looks at the key drivers for B2B collaboration in both the purchase-to-pay and order-to-cash areas and provides an ROI framework to help companies assess their areas of opportunity.
A Leading Power Utility Reaches for Transactional Efficiency A leading power utilities company had a substantial amount of money being paid out in duplicate payments and auditor's fees. The company’s director of accounting services considered this a serious problem. The Oversight project originated with and was driven by finance professionals.
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