After Skipping Vista, What Next?

Kachina Shaw

Is skipping over Windows Vista entirely and waiting for the next Microsoft OS release a viable option for companies? And if so, which ones? This is one of the questions we've been looking into while working on the "Long Live Windows XP" special report.

 

An article on BusinessWeek today says that some of the largest enterprises aren't blinking twice at the prospect of skipping Vista entirely. GM will probably do it, says its chief systems and technology officer. Alaska Airlines is doing it. It'll save plenty on PCs. And any new machines that are bought are immediately downgraded to XP.

 

But I don't see the next question being asked and answered. When Windows 7 comes along, will these companies see a business case for upgrading to it? Will it offer some must-haves, as Vista really hasn't, that would make expenditures for the upgrade make sense? Can Microsoft, in two or three years, overcome the mistakes it's made with Vista and create a whole new animal for its customers, in a world where the OS is losing its central spot in technology decision making and purchasing?



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May 22, 2008 10:59 AM Robert Robert  says:
Yes, I believe skipping over Vista is a viable alternative for companies. The current company I am sub-contracted to still uses Win2K and Office2K (more than 20K employees on my site - not to mention the other sites). I have a new laptop that was Vista Business Edition installed but blasted. I still get my work done as I had before, only now it's great having more RAM for all the large documents. Personally, having Vista will only improve my morale through better eye candy - like people buying a new car ever few years, but not a justifiable excuse for corporate IT budgets. Other than this, I personally do not see the return on investment for a Vista upgrade (or Win7 for that matter).The company had planned to skip XP and go to Vista. Now I am not sure what they want to do. No mention of Vista or Win7, but as far as I can tell, there isn't really the need except for better security and large site administration capabilities that would benefit the change. To me, this is what Vista really has to offer corporations, and I am not sure that it justifies the overall cost to upgrade given legacy infrastructure for security and remote administration tools already doing the job sufficiently.I believe Win7 will have to have some features that make the jump worth the investment - and as you point out, I believe the OS is losing the central spot in technology decision making and purchasing. Reply

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