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