Forrester: Microsoft’s ill-fated Windows Vista rejected like ‘new Coke’ by enterprises

“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.


  1. Honestly, it scares me. It scares me because the media pretty much assassinated VISTA. Yeah, it’s got problems, but yeesh. You’d think people’s eyes fell out of bloody sockets after using it or something.

    It scares me because sooner or later the media is going to turn on Apple. They did it once, they’ll do it again and when they do this, it isn’t about what’s right or wrong or factual reporting, it’s about going with the flow, getting eyeballs to the websites, selling magazines, and creating news when there is none.

    The media has a herd mentality. You just watch them.

  2. Are you a well rounded woman who doesn’t want to admit having a little extra cushin for the pushin??

    Those 8.8% are most likely using Vista b/c their IT department either doesn’t know better or is insistent Microsoft “technology” is superior to that of Apple (which would be “doesn’t know better”)

    Those using the 4.5% are not being blindly led by the blind and are making informed choices as to which operating system truly does the best job at the tasks they need them for.

    It’s human nature to “follow the crowd” if they don’t know otherwise, those in the know create their own crowd, and our crowd is growing due to informed choices, not b/c we believe the establishment is superior.

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