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90% of new Windows consumer client installations to be Vista Home-based in 2007

Microsoft has lofty ambitions for its next generation Windows Vista operating system as witnessed by statements made by the company in early October. Today, IDC issued some new projections for Windows Vista including the notion that over 90 million units of the operating system will ship in 2007 worldwide. That figure far outpaces Microsoft's assessment of 67 million units in the first year of availability for Windows XP.

"After a long wait, the adoption of Windows Vista will take place almost immediately among consumers, while businesses will follow a decidedly more conservative adoption curve," says Al Gillen, research VP of System Software at IDC.

On the consumer side, Vista Home Basic is expected to garner 67% of Vista purchases while Vista Home Premium will account for 30%. The enthusiast-oriented Vista Ultimate will account for 2% of the product mix with just 1% of consumers choosing Vista Business for use in home deployments.

For businesses, Vista Business will account for 82% of Vista deployments while Vista Enterprise will capture the remaining 18%.

Overall, IDC projects that 90% of new Windows client installations for home users will be comprised of Vista Home Basic/Vista Home Premium during the first year. On the business side, Vista Business/Vista Enterprise will account for just 35% of new client installations during the first year – that number rises to 80% during the second year of availability.

But while consumers buying new PCs will pretty much be forced into using Windows Vista after the start of the year, businesses are likely to be a bit more discriminating. Businesses typically wait until at least the first service pack for a new Windows operating system is released before they do any large roll-outs throughout the company.

Gartner suggests that companies should spend as much as 18 months testing a new operating system before moving to large-scale deployments. With Vista being launched for businesses tomorrow, now is the time to begin the testing phase (if companies haven't already done so with earlier versions of Vista). "If companies do decide to upgrade the biggest barrier will be application compatibility - 80 per cent of your applications will work and 20 per cent won't work. The vast majority of customers we speak to are looking at 2008 to upgrade but they need to start planning now," said Frank Foxall of Windows migration specialist Camwood.

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By Radeon117X on 11/29/2006 10:00:37 PM , Rating: 3
Personally, if I had the money and the right hardware (DX10) by the time of the launch, I'd definitely get Windows Vista Home Premium. There are many great things that come with the new Vista platform. I really can't wait to try the new DX10 games and applications! However, im going to have to wait for a bit more funding to build me new 'next-gen' computer, and by then, there will be lots of new DX10 games out :D

RE: Vista!
By Pirks on 11/30/2006 4:53:00 PM , Rating: 1
there's no point in waiting for those DX10 games as they won't be around for a couple more years (Crysis is not a true DX10 title so doesn't count), but you can have the best games on an Xbox 360 now, like Gears of War. MS itself made sure Vista is a second rate system for games, and this Windows Games vapor they market is just for looks. I mean think about it - MS specifically buys out PC games and engines like UE3/GeoW or Halo 1/2/3, makes sure they run nice and smooth on consoles only (hey isn't that GeoW graphics close to a DX10 level ON A CONSOLE?? right, this is how it gioes these days) and then AFTER A COUPLE of years they MIGHT make a PC port. why the heck waiting for vista and dx10 and waiting forever if there are nice almost DX10 level graphics on Xbox 360 ALREADY, and more coming! Just look at GeoW screenies - would you buy a Vista to play that ugly HL2 thing AFTER THAT? you gotta be kidding...

IF and only if there will be some MAJOR EXCLUSIVELY-PC DX10 games in 2008-2009 timeframe (doubt they make anything decent earlier given the state and price of DX10 hw/sw at the moment) - only THEN it makes sense to buy Vista for GAMES. before that? it's a joke. right now a pair of iMac and Xbox 360 beats crap out of any PC game graphics-wise and work-wise. Crysis is THE ONLY answer to that and noone knows when this _DX9_ game coming, and it's not Vista only so... buying vista for Halo 2? hahahahahaaa - no, that's too funny, I gotta stop here

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