Is big business ready to take on Vista?

In spite of the hype, we’ve seen little evidence of Windows Vista in the Computer Weekly office. IT directors I have spoken to in the last nine months have no intention to deploy the new Microsoft desktop operating system.

I suspect things will change in 2008, when Microsoft releases the first service pack. Last week I spoke to Michael Silver, a research vice president in Gartner, who expected take-up of Windows Vista to triple by the end of 2008.

Big businesses won’t upgrade unless there is a compelling reason. I’m not convinced by Microsoft’s claims of huge productivity gains. The only driver I can see is that XP will soon be reaching the end of mainstream support stage in its lifecycle.