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Vista adoption facing an uphill battle

A recent survey produced by King research for system management (opens in new tab) vendor Kace showed that an overwhelming percentage of IT Professionals in the sample said they had worries about migrating to Windows latest operating system with only 13 percent of the lot - that's one out of every seven professionals - saying they will eventually be fully deployed on Vista.

Indeed the majority of them did not have any plans to deploy Windows Vista within their enterprises and even more worrying for Microsoft, nearly half of them would rather move to alternative operating systems such as Linux and ... Macintosh - the preferred option - in order to avoid moving to Vista.

Apart from the complexity of the migration and the fact that it is seen as fundamentally unstable factor, some analysts (opens in new tab) reckon that issues related to cost and training are also major obstacles to the propagation of Vista within medium and large organisations.

Microsoft is banking on Vista's first service pack to beckon IT departments.

Two-thirds of the respondents also point out that Virtualisation will be a major tool in enabling the implementation of alternative operating systems.

Interestingly, the Kace survey comes only a few days after analyst firm Forrester Research (opens in new tab) suggested that Vista deployment is just about to pick up in firms and companies across the board.

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.