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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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.