Over 60 percent say they will begin move to Vista within six months.

By Debra Donston  |  Posted 2008-03-13 Print this article Print

"Years ago, you had 95 to 98, and 98 was a lot better, so, there are cases where if your performance and stability significantly increases, [an upgrade] is worth it," said Benincasa. "But, in the case of XP, it may not be perfect, but it's functioning. So it's hard to justify a wholesale upgrade because Vista is new and cool."

The same is true when you consider the delta between Windows 2000 and XP, said Baradet: "When XP came out, we did believe it was a much bigger improvement than 2000. But, even though that was the case, we still once again didn't say, -Wholesale, let's update."

This type of timetable was reflected in the survey, with more than 60 percent of respondents saying that a move to Vista would begin six months or more in the future: Thirty-three percent of these respondents said the move would begin six months to a year from now; 22 percent said one year to 18 months from now, and 6 percent said more than 18 months from now.

In addition, 72 percent of respondents said they expected the desktop OS they were using now to be the one they would be using in 2009. Some respondents were looking beyond Vista, with 6 percent saying the desktop OS they expected to be using in 2009 would be Windows "7," the post-Vista version of Windows.

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That said, IT managers don't expect XP to live forever. "At some point, you're going to need to [move to Vista] because you'll lose support for XP," said Benincasa.

Micrsoft has said it will end mainstream support in April 2009 and extended support in 2014.

FN Manufacturing's IT team has been testing Vista, and so far has found no significant problems, said Benincasa. "Initially we had difficulty, but it was mostly drivers. At this point, our major apps are running and seem to be working with Vista. But, we haven't tested everything yet, and we're fairly current--the oldest app is probably from 2000."

Both Benincasa and Baradet said they expect to deploy Windows XP Service Pack 3 when it is released.

Benincasa anticipates starting to bring Vista in on new machines once his management and migration tools are updated to support Vista. "We just want to do a good, rational rollout on a timetable that makes sense for us," said Benincasa.

But he's in no rush: "I know Microsoft is saying they're going to end support for XP," he said, "but I'm hoping they rethink that and move it out a little longer."



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