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Have you tried Windows Vista?

The Big Question is an initiative between Computer Weekly and recruitment consultancy PSD. Each week we put the Big Question to top IT professionals to get their take on a current talking point.

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The Big Question is an initiative between Computer Weekly and recruitment consultancy PSD. Each week we put the Big Question to top IT professionals to get their take on a current talking point.

Few people could have avoided the media hype surrounding last week's consumer launch of Vista, the latest version of Microsoft's Windows operating system.

However, this week's Big Question survey revealed that only a small proportion of IT professionals have tried it.

The result of the poll, which found that fewer than one in 10 respondents had used the operating system, bears out the anecdotal and initial research evidence that few organisations are in a hurry to migrate.

IT director Alan Gray spoke for most UK IT professionals when he said, "Apart from cursory interest and following the media coverage, we have not yet looked at Vista.

"Having upgraded to Windows XP only a year ago, I do not envisage an operating system review for at least 18 months."

Respondent David Panning said, "We have not tried it and do not believe it is relevant to our business at this time. We will wait nine to 12 months before we take the plunge."

But another respondent warned against IT professionals and the businesses they work for being too wary of Vista.

"I think there has been a reactionary response from business to Vista, which says, 'If it ain't broke don't fix it', but it is sure to offer benefits that some early adopters will take advantage of, leading others to play catch-up," he said.

More on Windows Vista

www.computerweekly.com/vista

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