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?