Survey: Windows Vista adoption weakens as IT pros eye Apple Macintosh

“A KACE-sponsored survey on Windows Vista adoption represents more bad news for Microsoft’s flagship operating system, even as Microsoft prepares to pour an estimated $300 million into a new Vista marketing campaign–news that was announced at Microsoft’s 2008 Worldwide Partner Conference,” Kurt Mackie reports for Campus Technology.

“The survey polled 1,162 IT professionals in June and was conducted by King Research for KACE, which makes a hardware-based systems management product for IT administrators,” Mackie reports.

“This survey found a slip in Windows Vista deployment plans, with 60 percent of respondents saying that they had “no plans to deploy Vista at this time,” compared with 53 percent in the 2007 survey,” Mackie reports.

“42 percent said they were considering alternative operating systems to Windows Vista. The Macintosh operating system was the favored alternative by 29 percent of respondents. Linux-based operating systems were also in the running, but trailed,” Mackie reports.

“Rob Meinhardt, cofounder and CEO of KACE, believes that IT is moving more toward managing a heterogeneous desktop environment, even to the point of giving employees their choice of computer to use,” Mackie reports. “KACE is a case in point, since about 50 percent of its computers are Macs, Meinhardt explained.”

Full article here.

The full results of KACE’s June 2008 survey are here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “JerryAM” for the heads up.]


  1. The problem with MicroSoft’s blind test is that all the subjects were given new computers set up by MS. I doubt the response would have been quite so glowing if they had been given a mere Vista upgrade on their old PC or tried setting it up on a custom built PC where their older peripherals are often not supported or deemed “unauthorized”, sometimes leaving the user with “reduced functionality”.

  2. Just wait till Apple comes out with the iTele running on Snow Leopard. Apple’s ability to put forth intergalactic teleportation for the masses will be the final nail in Microsoft’s coffin.

    Could anyone imagine a teleportation device running on Vista. I know I couldn’t.

  3. The problem with MicroSoft’s blind test is that all the subjects were given new computers set up by MS.

    Which should be criminal.

    Imagine an automotive “test drive” that consisted only of dedicated units that were specially babied by their engineers, versus the mass-produced models on the lot that you can actually buy.

    Such a test would be meaningless at best, and could be considered fraud.

    Gotta love the crap MS gets away with. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”rolleyes” style=”border:0;” />

  4. HP is selling most of their computers with Vista “licenses” pre-installed with Windows XP. This $300 million marketing campaign for Vista is desperation, because Microsoft knows it’s not going to have the replacement for Vista ready until 2012 at the earliest. They can’t have their OEM partners installing stealth XP until XP is ten years old.

    Alternately, Microsoft can release Windows XP Service Pack 4 as “Windows 7.” They can probably do that by the end of 2009. It’s apparently what customers want; it should sell better than Vista.

  5. I was checking out .

    By Scott, what a bad page. First, it autoplays a video! Pisses me off.

    Then, the video player displays a play triangle while playing, and a pause icon while paused. ?!? WTF? Any other player does it the other way around!

    Plus, the funky, cool, mouse following animation is kinda neat, but carries exactly zero information. If Vista was really better, they could present some hard, cold data to prove it. They can’t. That’s why they have to resort to a stupid ‘candid camera’ stunt.

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