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Windows Vista Adoption Trends Part II: A Survey of Technology Professionals


The release of Windows Vista has generated extensive debate within corporate IT departments about the right timing and approach for migrating to Microsoft’s latest operating system. In November 2007, King Research surveyed 961 IT professionals to gather data about the perceived impact of Vista on IT organizations and their operating system adoption strategies. The survey found very high levels of concern about the migration, including the stability of the operating system, its compatibility with business applications, the cost, and more.

The goal of this report is to evaluate changes in attitude towards Windows Vista now that it has been on the market for a longer period of time, and Service Pack 1 (SP1) has been released. This report is based on a survey of 1,162 IT professionals conducted in June 2008. It compares those findings to the November 2007 results.

Key Findings

  • 60% report that they have no plans to deploy Vista at this time, up from 53% in the 2007 survey
  • 92% say Vista Service Pack 1 has not changed their plans for Vista deployment
  • 14% report they have delayed their Vista deployments while they wait to hear more about Windows 7, and an additional 14% say they will skip Vista to wait for Windows 7
  • 83% of participants say they are concerned about the compatibility of required business software with Vista
  • 42% have considered deploying non-Windows operating systems to avoid a Vista migration compared to 44% in the 2007 survey
  • 11% are already in the process of switching operating systems, up from 9% in the 2007 survey, and a further 30% expect to switch within the next year, up from 25% in 2007
  • Mac OS is the most likely operating system to be deployed in place of Vista (29%)

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