Poll: 40 Percent of Companies Plan To Be on Vista Within a Year

A newly-released Windows Vista tracking poll shows that while most corporations do eventually intend to migrate to the operating system, it could be a long process, and there are still significant concerns surrounding Microsoft's newest platform.

The poll by CDW Corp. revealed that 40 percent of the companies surveyed plan to have implemented Vista by this time next year. Currently, 29 percent of the respondents' organizations are using or testing Vista, an increase of 8 percent over the first tracking poll, which was done in October 2006. Eventually, 87 percent plan on having Vista in place.

Perhaps ominously for Microsoft, as corporations use Vista more, their opinion of it drops. Between the first and second tracking poll, the number of respondents who have a "very favorable" opinion of Vista dropped from 14 percent to 12 percent, while those who have a "somewhat favorable" opinion of Vista sank from 56 percent to less than half, at 48 percent. The percentage of those who have a "somewhat unfavorable" opinion of Vista more than doubled, from 6 percent to 14 percent.

Some of the chief concerns poll takers have about Vista are expected bugs in a version 1 release of a product and excessive hardware requirements.

Two other negative findings show how much work Microsoft has ahead of itself to sell Vista: 40 percent of respondents said their current OS -- often an earlier Windows version -- already meets their needs; and 38 percent said the benefits of moving to Vista aren't yet clear enough.

End users, however, are more positive about Vista. Twenty-six percent said they've gotten "strong positive feedback" or "some positive feedback" from their users about Vista, compared with just 13 percent that have gotten "some negative feedback" or "negative feedback."

Far and away the top benefit expected in a move to Vista is better security, listed by 78 percent of poll takers. Fifty-six percent want improved performance, a finding that would appear to be at odds with Vista's resource-hungry reputation. Coming in third, at 40 percent, is improved productivity.

The margin of error of the poll, which received feedback from 753 IT decision-makers, was plus or minus 3.5 percent.

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Keith Ward is editor of Virtualization Review magazine. You can contact Keith at [email protected].