“Fewer than one in 11 of the PCs being used in large or very large enterprises runs Windows Vista, according to survey results released Wednesday by Forrester Research Inc.,” Eric Lai reports for Computerworld.
“Of the 50,000 enterprise users surveyed by the Cambridge, Mass., analyst firm, 87.1% were still running Windows XP at the end of June, compared to 8.8% for Vista. According to author Thomas Mendel, that implies that the majority of PCs upgraded to Vista were those running older versions of Windows, such as Windows 2000 or 98,” Lai reports.
“‘Vista is ‘new Coke,” Mendel wrote, comparing Microsoft’s flagship operating system to the ill-fated soft drink. Enterprises still on the fence about Vista would be wise, he said, to ‘consider following the lead of Microsoft’s important partner Intel and re-evaluating the case of Vista,'” Lai reports.
Lai reports, “Mendel’s comments undercut the momentum for Vista claimed by Microsoft, which says it has sold 180 million licenses for its 18-month-old operating system to PC makers and end users.”
MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft says a lot of things; doesn’t mean what they say is true: HP: Microsoft counting XP-loaded PCs as ‘Vista’ sales – July 30, 2008
Lai continues, “The share of Macs [in the enterprise] grew to 4.5% in June from 3.7% in January 2008 [a 22% increase]; 80% of those are Intel-based Macs.”
MacDailyNews Take: How’d ya like them Apples, Pee-wee?
Linux’s share of desktops, meanwhile, fell significantly, according to Forrester, to 0.5% in June from 1.8% in January.”
MacDailyNews Take: No surprise there; Linux on the desktop has always been a pipe dream. (Linux in the server room is a totally different story.)
Full article here.