Windows Vista is much-improved and the early word on Windows 7, Microsoft’s next computer operating system, is encouraging. Still, the company faces an uphill battle to get corporate users to move from its older operating system, XP to Windows 7, due out next year, according to a recent survey of more than 1,100 information technology professionals.
More than four-fifths — 84 percent — said they don’t plan to upgrade to Windows 7 when it is released. And Vista? Forget about it (Microsoft’s trying to) — 83 percent said they plan to skip Vista altogether and go directly to Windows 7 when they finally do make a change, according to Dimensional Research, which conducted the study in March.
“What is surprising is because there’s been so much positive news about Windows 7, I thought that might translate into a more open approach to migrating to it,” said Diane Hagglund, senior research analyst for Dimensional Research.
“But there’s a perception among the survey participants that Windows 7 is just another release of Windows Vista,” she said. “They think about it the same way and they’re concerned about it.”
It’s no secret that Windows 7 is being built using the code, or foundation, of Vista, which was released in early 2007. That first year was a bad one for users and for Microsoft. Vista was a memory hog, had snail-like performance and a shortage of software drivers.
Vista’s Service Pack 1, a grab-bag of fixes, came out in February 2008, and brought with it improvements that made Vista more efficient, especially for users who had newer computers with more processing oompah and memory.
Vista’s Service Pack 2 is being tested and due for release in the second quarter, according to Microsoft. Also being tested now is Windows 7, which is earning good marks so far.
Still, the Vista taint remains, and separating it from Windows 7 remains a challenge for Microsoft, which has seen its share of the operating system market decrease since Vista was launched.