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Computer World interviewed several CIOs to to find out why big companies are not moving to Vista. Despite wild sales claims, M$ won't say how many people are actually using Vista. Previous studdies show IT has not bought in. The news is that SP1 does not impress them and why.

Gregg Skip Bailey, CIO at the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Bailey said his agency, which is known as the ATF, may stick with Windows XP for up to three more years ... Bailey doesnt see a compelling need to move quickly to Windows Vista ... the problems addressed by Vista are things we have solved in other ways.

Another CIO who works at a Texas bank that has more than 35,000 desktops running Windows XP said he plans to hold off on Vista for at least another year. Vista adds a lot of overhead and not much benefit. Honestly, we dont see the value-add, He added that his reluctance to move to Vista is out of character...

There are still a lot of things that need to be in Vista for the OS to really take hold, said Gartner Inc. analyst Stephen Kleynhans. [referring to well-publicized problems with device and software compatibility]

David Zipkin, a senior M$ product manager brags about 10,000 desktops slated for lemming duty at four big companies, but that's hardly the 42,000,000 desktops claimed in sales. Vista is a dud.

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SP1 Won't Stop IT Execs From Closing Door on Vista.

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  • Vista Server will be in use LONG before Vista Desktop is- and neither will be in use in Oregon State Government before 2011-2013 biennium.
  • XP's been needing SP3 for frigging ages now. They should waited longer to release Vista. Wouldn't have cramped on XP, and would have actually worked....
  • Despite wild sales claims, M$ won't say how many people are actually using Vista.

    Well, of course. How could they know? The only data they have is that of how many people bought the software (i.e. sales data); they have no idea whether the people who bought it are actually using it or not.

    The best way to get accurate usage data is probably from cumulative browser user agent strings, from sources such as W3 Counter, Net Applications, and XiTi. Wikipedia's article on OS usage share [wikipedia.org] tabulates those three. FWIW, Vista usage share is given as 3.32% (W3 coutner), 3.75% (Net Application

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