Redmond Channel Partner Online reported Wednesday that IT administrators are more frequently snubbing Windows Vista than they did six months ago. Moreover, some who responded to a recent KACE-sponsored survey said they are considering alternatives like Apple's Mac OS X or Linux. A few may even give their employees a choice in operating systems.
The most recent survey, conducted by King Research for KACE in June, polled nearly 1,200 IT professionals. Some interesting figures:
- 60 percent said they have "no plans to deploy Vista."
- 92 percent said Vista SP 1 did not make them more comfortable about deploying Vista.
- 42 percent of respondents said they are considering alternative operating systems; 29 percent are looking at Mac, and 14 percent are looking at Linux variations.
It's not good news for Microsoft, Redmond Channel Partner indicates, considering Redmond is poised to spend $300 million on a new Windows Vista advertising campaign. And I agree with KACE CEO Rob Meinhardt's conclusion: The survey results don't necessarily mean that companies are preparing to dump all their Windows deployments for other operating systems.
Rather, the results are indicative of a continuing trend toward heterogeneous IT environments, where two or more operating systems will coexist on the same network.