OEMs None Too Happy with 'Vista Effect'

Kachina Shaw

It's a challenge to find signs that anyone other than Redmond will say that the uptake of Windows Vista is going gangbusters. A couple of weeks ago, computer maker Acer took the opportunity to directly bash Vista when it had to lower profit forecasts. Customers just weren't interested.


Today, Tom's Hardware reports that a poll of resellers found a serious lack of enthusiasm for the operating system's effect on business since the enterprise launch in November. All segments of buyers, the OEMs say, want to wait. Problems with drivers and software compatibility, not to mention necessary hardware upgrades, have put the kibosh on a rush to roll out the operating system. In fact, tellingly enough, if they're not ordering XP-loaded machines (or can't for some reason), they're sometimes rebuilding Vista machines with XP. Now that's rejection.


And a NotebookReview.com piece says you can see that this rejection is real by looking at a few other details. Dell and HP offer XP and Linux systems to both consumer and enterprise markets -- because they're selling. Actually, they're not just selling, they're first being requested by customers, so it's a trend that doesn't show signs of slowing. (If you want lots of detailed ranting on incompatibilities that might convince you to grab one of those XP machines before too long, keep reading this lengthy piece.)


What is Microsoft doing to squash the OEM uprising and get those XP machines out of the pipeline (not to mention the Linux or OS-free machines that also are making a dent in Vista sales)? Well, when ZDNet blogger Adrian Kingsley-Hughes read through the Microsoft message to OEMs that "Vista is ready now," and there is no need to wait for SP1, he just about fell asleep. Nobody ever said Microsoft had mastered effective marketing, though. And it looks as if it never will.

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Jun 27, 2007 10:30 AM Carl Forster Carl Forster  says:
Sorry we are NOT recomending VISTA on any PC's we Supply, the same for Ofice 2007.Reasons, Performance and OverheadsCOST of MS softwareCOST of training and support.Incompability with existing softwareDriversJust for starters. Reply
Jul 11, 2007 12:05 PM Michael Gutierrez Michael Gutierrez  says:
Meh. People had the same problems with XP when it came out, overhead, incompatibility, more training, and drivers. Granted some of these problems seem worse with Vista than XP, but the big thing is for alot of managers once bitten twice shy. Many remember the pains of upgrading to XP (especially before SP1 if you used raid) or 2K. Right now XP runs just fine, there are no killer vista apps, and in most cases there are no programs they use that need Vista to run.Evenually Microsoft will force you to use Vista with the next version of Office or IE and people will go with it. The only new Operating Systems that I'm getting are Linux, but then I'm not the average user. Reply
Nov 28, 2007 8:29 PM Fatimah Fatimah  says:
Vista sucks right now, nobody is happy about it. But eventually everyone will be forced to use it. Reply
Jan 11, 2008 3:44 PM R Miles R Miles  says:
I was pleased to get on to XP after the horrors of ME. I don't recall XP's every being considered a terrible system. Wish my comments to be taken at face value with no intention of committing hyperbole, based on my experience of Vista and what happened to my computer when I installed Vista, I consider Vista to be the worst and most disastrous software purchase I ever made. I no longer believe MS is in a position to force anybody to do anything. It's up to Microsoft to determine whether Vista ever gets up and running ut what they released could spell the end of the corporation's market monopoly Redmond is going to have to scramble to maintain its market. I believe in light of the Vista disaster, Miscrosoft's luminary has proceeded well past the noon hour. Reply

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