November 14, 2006 11:27 AM PST

Study: No Vista for majority of European businesses

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More than half of European organizations have no plan to upgrade to Windows Vista, according to a Forrester survey.

The survey of 302 IT chiefs at European businesses also found that 20 percent are planning to wait up to two years after Vista's corporate release, scheduled for the end of November, before introducing it. Just 6 percent said they planned to deploy Microsoft's long-awaited operating system within the first six months, and 18 percent within a year.

"This is behind the anticipated rate of adoption in North America, reflecting greater resistance to the Microsoft product strategy from users in the European market," Forrester said in its report.

Vista's last mile

More than a third (35 percent) of Windows-based PCs in the organizations surveyed still run either Windows 2000 or an older version of the operating system, the research firm found.

The "State of Enterprise Infrastructure 2006" study said that while the overall outlook for IT spending in 2006 remains "austere," enterprises are making significant new investments in hardware, with servers and PCs taking up around one-sixth of the entire IT budget.

More than half (55 percent) of European organizations run Hewlett-Packard servers, followed by 32 percent with IBM servers, 26 percent with Dell, 8 percent with Sun Microsystems and 7 percent with Fujitsu-Siemens. The majority of organizations also only use one vendor, and two-thirds said they are unlikely to change their supplier in the next two years.

But businesses are continuing to struggle with complexity in their server environments; 52 percent of organizations are reducing the number and variety of their server configurations as a priority, Forrester said.

This is leading to more interest in server virtualization, with more than a quarter of organizations either looking at it or already piloting it, the report noted.

In terms of infrastructure projects, disaster recovery and security are the main priorities for the next 12 months, and are driving much of the increased hardware spending, the IT chiefs told Forrester.

Andy McCue reported for Silicon.com from London.

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Wait for Vists SP2...
If you're still using Windows, that'd be the smart thing to do...
Posted by PCCRomeo (432 comments )
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Europe, Central/South America & Asia will be 90% Linux by 2008
The US by 2012. Vista will be the last distro to be used by the masses.

By the time the next Windows upgrade comes out in 2010 or so they will most likely be trying to convince people they are still a major player with Microsoft Linux.

They will end up getting sued by all the other Linux distros for breaking the OpenSource agreement.

In about 2012 they will try going Unix instead but nobody will be interested.

By about 2015 Microsoft's stock holders will revolt and the company will go broke.

2016 will have the hearings in which Gates, Balmer and other Microsoft execs past and present will be speaking to a Grand Jury.

In 2017 the same execs will be meeting Big Bruno in the joint. Bill will be known as Mrs Bruno.
Posted by slim-1 (229 comments )
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Wait for Vista SP2...
If you're still using Windows, that'd be the smart thing to do...
Posted by PCCRomeo (432 comments )
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Another study: Vista for 86% of worlwide IT enterprises
A study from CDW Group states that 86% of worlwide IT businesses plan to adopt the new OS, although, from these, only 20% admit implementing it in the next 12 months.

Funny/curious/interesting, isn't it?
Posted by Ryo Hazuki (378 comments )
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Another study: Vista for 86% of worlwide IT enterprises
A study from CDW Group states that 86% of worlwide IT enterprises plan to adopt the new OS, although, from these, only 20% admit implementing it in the next 12 months.

Funny/curious/interesting, isn't it?
Posted by Ryo Hazuki (378 comments )
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Only Funny if You Didn't See MSFT Write the Check for the Study !
At least the 3Sharp IE 7 study was admittedly paid for by MSFT Marketing.

Who knows the kind of horse trading that transpired to get that number out for publication, so that marketing people and online rebutters like yourself would have source materials for propaganda campaigns?

Nice try. No one ever believed anything out of MSFT PR. No one ever will.
Posted by Sumatra-Bosch (526 comments )
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Won't change or will never?
"More than half of European organizations have
no plan to upgrade to Windows Vista, according
to a Forrester survey."

The article then goes on to say they don't plan
to change within the next two years. So what? At
some point they will have to when their current
operating systems are no longer supported.
Posted by Mallardd (47 comments )
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Reality: in 2 years; reading this news: looks like never.
Yes, but it's cooler to bash Microsoft and fool your readers.
Posted by Ryo Hazuki (378 comments )
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