Reader Survey: Most SMBs Uncertain on Big Windows Vista TCO Numbers


More than 80 percent of respondents to a recent IT Business Edge reader survey said they are unsure about the big TCO savings numbers being touted by Microsoft as an upside to migrating to Windows Vista.


The chart below encapsulates the replies of our survey respondents, the vast majority of whom work at companies with 500 or fewer employees.


Vista Survey Results


You can see the full results of our informal reader survey here.


More than 75 percent of our readers also told us that they see no reason to accelerate their PC refresh cycles to facilitate a Vista upgrade. About half of our survey respondents (47 percent) told us that at least some of their client hardware should be able to run Windows Vista; about 26 percent said they would need to replace most of their PCs and laptops to run Vista.


Overall, survey respondents told us they were in no great rush to upgrade to Vista, echoing the predictions of many market observers.


Our reader survey is part of a month-long special report on Windows Vista as it rolls into the market. Please drop us a comment with your thoughts on the new Microsoft OS, either here on our blogs or via e-mail at

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