Microsoft has developed a tool to make Vista, its next version of Windows, easier to install. The Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) will be included in Windows Vista, which is expected to arrive at the end of next year.
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WAIK will also be used by Microsoft to encourage corporate users to adopt successive versions of Windows instead of skipping new operating systems. Because of the cost and the time it currently takes to adopt new operating systems, many companies have continued to use Windows 2000 instead of the newer Windows XP.
A recent study by research firm AssetMetrix found that Windows 2000 is still the most widely deployed Windows client, despite the fact Microsoft ended mainstream support for it in June.