Analytics Brief: Vista In The Enterprise

Vista is coming. But when, where, and how will it end up on your users' computers?
Also In This Report
>> Analysis of third-party products that can ease a Vista rollout
>> Migration guide for small, midsize, and large enterprises
>> Case studies of organizations that are (or aren't) moving to Vista
Get the full-length report at
Microsoft has put together a wealth of support and deployment tools to move organizations from XP to Vista, as well as from previous Office versions and Office 2007. Though the transition will still take effort and a large time commitment, these tools will be a welcome change for anyone who has moved from Windows 3.1 to XP. The irony is that even with solid preparation tools, most customers just don't seem to have any strong incentives for migration.

IT management shouldn't draw conclusions about Vista adoption from past upgrade experiences. The limitations of the Windows 9x platform were such that enterprises migrated to Windows 2000 or XP much faster than they plan to do with Vista. According to our research, a majority of respondents (77%) moved to XP within two years of its release, whereas only 24% plan to migrate to Vista over the same time period. True business drivers--or lack thereof--and the political strength of IT within organizations will be far more important as agents of change than technical specifications.

chart: Prior Migration Strategy -- Which statement best characterizes your organization's past migration strategy with regards to the last Windows OS upgrade (prior to Vista)?