To Skip or not to Skip Vista

Kachina Shaw

After I posted Vista Still Can't Compete with XP last week, reader Homiyar Sukhia wrote in with observations on the slowness of Vista on the boss's laptop and his preference -- make that strong preference -- for XP (or 98, but definitely not Vista). It's "true what everybody is saying," Sukhia says, and if you listen, you can almost hear the plaintive tone in the net admin's tone.


While it may be true what everybody is saying about Vista, now that SP1 is headed toward a public test next week, with performance enhancements the main focus, at least one analyst firm is giving enterprises a not-so-gentle shove toward implementation of the operating system. And when Gartner speaks, we must listen.


Here's the firm's advice at this point, according to News.com: Large enterprises that have put off implementing the OS must consider that they might reasonably expect XP to receive Microsoft support and security fixes for several more years, they should not expect their other software vendors to continue to support their software running on XP. That is, third-party vendors will phase out support for XP in favor of Vista. And if those same enterprises still think they can squeeze by and skip Vista in favor of Windows 7, the next OS due from Microsoft, they will find themselves up a creek. Windows 7 is scheduled for release in three years, but Gartner warns that the usual delays on OS projects from Microsoft mean it will be longer.


But wait, here's the firm's advice for smaller companies, according to the same News.com piece: Gartner VP Michael Silver says it, in fact, does make sense for the smaller guys to skip Vista because they don't have the in-house staff to support multiple OSs at once. Jumping over Vista entirely becomes the more efficient choice.


And if you're making the decision for a large enterprise that runs a large in-house development outfit, you'll also need to fall on the side of skipping Vista, Gartner says, because it makes more sense than trying to keep all those in-house programs running on multiple OSs.


Here's the thing, though: Third-party software vendors will support the versions that their customers are using. No reason not to. They're already doing it, XP is already working, customers are already satisfied. Ending support to encourage customers to transition to Vista would be slitting their own throats. Sorry, Gartner.

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Dec 9, 2007 1:19 PM Jim Vega Jim Vega  says:
Yes you're right when you say that "... when Gartner speaks we must listen" but please take their advise with a grain of salt. Their closeness to the vendor is distrubing and has led (in the past) to some CIOs and MISs wishing they had sought other sources of wisdom.It seems such a waste of computing power, running Vista on a system thats loaded - dual processor, 4 Gb RAM, 245 Mb graphics card, only to produce a performance level lower than XP. When I hear from the enduser that they would rather run Windows 98 and not Vista, that says it all. Reply
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Dec 11, 2007 1:17 PM Jack Jack  says:
Why upgrade to Vista? Software will still work with XP until Windows 7 is released, and there is no reason to spend so much time and money and effort upgrading hardware and software when you can just wait until Windows 7. Or if you want OS upgrades to be easy (and far less expensive) in the future, the companies can just switch to Mac OS X or Linux now and set themselves up for an easy upgrade future. Reply
Dec 11, 2007 6:40 PM Craig Craig  says:
I own a computer service company and I was very unhappy with Vista business. I have tested Vista and I have found the biggest problem to be memory. I tested it with 512 this is what a lot of your computer manufactures put in these systems by standard. I found that it was slow and still very unreliable. I then tried it with 1 Gig and it still was not preforming to my expectations. I am running Vista on a seperate hard drive in my system and now have tried it with 3 Gig and it works great and I have found solutions to some netowrking issues with Vista and am pleased with the way it funtions on 3 Gig of memory with all the graphics and frill turned on. I have to say for the average person that uses a computer Vista is a nightmare with all the changes and the new look and it can be very confusing for them. Finaly I still like XP PRO better but as a IT service person I have to accept the change and learn how to work on Vista.Thanks Craig Reply
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