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Microsoft sees big sales for Vista although analysts aren't as optimistic

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 reports:

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 Michael Silver.

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.





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