Businesses looking to skip over Windows Vista

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Business Week is reporting that a number of large companies are likely to skip over Windows Vista and wait for the arrival of Windows 7, which will come out in less than three years.

Alaska Airlines, General Motors, and other large companies see diminishing value in Microsoft’s operating system, since many applications are now available online.

Technology departments and Vista users continue to be frustrated with the annoyances, incompatibilities, and problems with the OS. Clients of research firm Gartner run Vista on less than 8% of their systems, and other companies are looking for ways to skip the OS altogether.

GM has had so many problems getting the OS to run right that it may skip the OS entirely. Part of the problem lies with many of its PCs being unable to run the OS due to high system requirements, and another lies with software incompatibility. An executive of a large unnamed construction company stated “Vista doesn’t look like a good expenditure of money.” The company’s IT department is concerned about the cost of new Vista-capable hardware and the time it will take to transition software.

Sales say Vista is doing better in the consumer market, but the major reason is because the OS is pre-installed on the vast majority of computers sold – consumers do not have much of a choice. Windows XP fortunately has found a whole new market with the Mobile Internet Device (MID) market segment because the devices like the ASUS Eee PC do not have the specifications to run Vista. Microsoft is still planning to stop selling XP on June 30, 2008, but will sell XP licenses to MID makers for years to come. Some companies, such as Dell, say they will continue to sell XP after it is phased out.

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