I posted a quick entry Monday morning pointing to an Information Week article on UPenn's recommendation to "wait and see" before installing Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista. I also included a poll, asking who had migrated to Vista and/or SP1. Surprisingly, this particular poll generated more votes than almost all of the other polls I've ever posted, combined.
Maybe I shouldn't be that surprised. Vista is certainly polarizing the teachers I support as we look at a new platform for staff computing. They are quickly separating into two camps: The anything-but-Vista-sure-I'll-use-a-Mac-but-don't-give-me-Vista group and the I-think-Vista-will-be-fine-since-we-already-know-Windows-XP camp.
I know that the polls we post are hardly scientific and skewed by selection bias, but I will say that the results of this poll were fairly striking. What they're saying is that the folks who care about education technology are largely steering clear of Vista; those who have rolled it out are keeping it current and working hard to avoid the struggles that too many users have encountered. The talkbacks certainly echo those sentiments. Here's a graphic representation of the results as of about 10:30 Eastern Time Monday night:
Does this graphic spell the doom of Windows? No, of course not. Most of that 85% are sticking with Windows XP and wondering just how good Windows 7 will really be. However, it's food for thought. For those of us who have given Vista a shot and been unimpressed at best, frustrated and angry at worst, it's very serious food for thought, indeed.