Whose afraid of Windows XP?

One story, two takes. Forrester Research has done a survey of nearly 600 US and European companies with more than 1000 employees over the usage of Windows XP and released a report entitled "How Windows Vista Will Shake Up The State Of The Enterprise Operating System".

They found out that Windows XP Operating System, which will be seven next year, is powering 84 percent of all their computers, that's up from 67 percent back in 2006 as companies start to move away from Windows 2000 operating system and standardise their platforms.

The survey has also shown that Windows XP SP3 and not Vista SP1, is the service pack that sysadmins are eagerly awaiting.

Computerworld goes as far as saying that Windows XP, not Linux and even less Apple, is the biggest obstacle to Vista's world domination.

The proof lies in the data compiled by Forrester: Less than 50% of companies on Windows XP are planning to deploy Vista in the next three years with a significant proportion saying that they have no plans to do so.

Even more worrying is that Forresters' findings are echoed by other research companies which have also found out that the proportion of companies planning to move to Vista has actually decreased over time.

Eweek however says that Desktop Linux is a credible threat to Windows and that this won't go away any soon.

Eweek also highlighted two interesting pieces of information. Firstly there is still a significant proportion of companies that have Windows 2000 computers running - 9% of those surveyed and companies that are Windows Vista only represent only a tiny 1% of the whole lot.