Microsoft is predicting that its Windows Vista operating
system will mean big business when it is released early next year. The company
expects that the adoption rate for the operating system in business
environments will be double that of Windows XP after the one year mark. If
numbers provided by IDC are any indication, that would mean that Microsoft is aiming for 20%
penetration for Vista.
Despite Microsoft over enthusiasm for the release of Vista,
analysts are less optimistic when it comes down to sales. ZDNET UK
IDC expects a healthy
adoption of Vista, Gillen said. "But we're not expecting it to be
fundamentally different from previous releases of Windows," he said. IDC's
projections suggest that 11 percent of business PCs that run Windows will be
running Vista at the end of next year, Gillen said. Rival analyst company
Gartner expects the installed base of Vista in large enterprises to be about 10
percent a year and a half after it ships. "We're not hearing companies say
they're in a rush to get their users to Vista," said Gartner analyst
The latest builds of Vista have gained quite a bit of praise
from testers and the press. The operating system is feature complete and
Microsoft is now working on polishing up the interface, ironing out the bugs
and taking care of driver issues pointed out by testers.
Windows Vista will place a large emphasis on security seeing
as how its predecessor was the victim of numerous attacks. Vista’s built-in
security features which are there to protect the operating system have come
under fire by a number of companies and organizations including Symantec.
And as reported earlier today, Microsoft is also looking to bill Vista as a reputable gaming platform.