Businesses are still rejecting Windows Vista in large numbers -- in favor of Windows XP. Performance, as shown in recent test results from Devil Mountain Software, for the most frequently performed tasks, remains higher with XP systems than with Vista, according to this InformationWeek write-up. So, it seems the glass is more half empty than half full for Redmond. Microsoft shops are satisfied with the performance and life span of XP, but haven't bought into Vista as an operating system upgrade that would provide a killer app, cost savings or compatibility with other enterprise software in the mix. They just don't need it.
Still, analysts and consultants expect uptake to rise significantly in a couple of years or so, after SP1, more compatibility, and more enterprise agreements that pretty much force Vista upon customers. The CEO of consultancy Camwood, Frank Foxall, told silicon.com that "the biggest driver for Vista is eventuality."
The dreary acceptance that Vista will enter the XP-loving enterprise doesn't faze Microsoft, which asserts license sales have been as good as or better than expected, and that compatibility with software and devices is quickly becoming less of an issue.
The attitude should give pause, though. If I know one thing about marketing -- and I do know one thing, just one -- it's that the objective is to demonstrate to the potential customer that they need you and/or your product or service, not that you need them. When the Crave blog included Vista in its list of the top 10 terrible tech products, the write-up gave a quick overview of problems that could be fixed, and ended with "not to mention its general pointlessness as an upgrade."
Perhaps the OS has already reached its potential and we should both thank Microsoft for that and remind the company that the last thing we need is another OS.