Survey: Corporate adoption of Vista a year or two away

Summary:Enterprise customers are 12 months to 24 months away from seriously adopting Vista, according to a Bank of America survey. Bank of America surveyed 1,200 large enterprise and small to medium sized businesses to gauge interest in Vista.

Enterprise customers are 12 months to 24 months away from seriously adopting Vista, according to a Bank of America survey.

Bank of America surveyed 1,200 large enterprise and small to medium sized businesses to gauge interest in Vista. The result: Vista's corporate upgrade cycle isn't likely to kick off until Microsoft's 2009 fiscal year.

That outlook means that Microsoft's big game is to convince customers to buy more premium versions of Vista so at least they'll pay more.

Bank of America analyst Kirk Materne said it's likely that Microsoft can sell more expensive versions of Vista due to "enhanced security."

"Large enterprises appear interested in the enhanced security and encryption features in Vista, which bodes well for uptake of the higher priced Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Vista," said Materne in a research note.

Overall, the Bank of America survey just verifies what we already knew--corporate customers aren't jumping to upgrade to Vista. This fact is part of the reason that Microsoft has been working so hard to counter the perception that Vista isn't a hit.

Microsoft has also been reluctant to talk about what's after Vista (including service packs) --largely because it doesn't want to steal thunder from its new operating system.

 

Topics: Windows, Microsoft

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