11 Dec 06
26 Feb 07 1:07 pm
I just came back this afternoon (25/02/07) from a top level marketing meeting with a major IT training organisation, senior board members and IT MDs from Telcos and several other large international corporations who run large networks with offices here in Melbourne. The theme was planning for Vista training programs for MS Certification.
The consensus is that XP is so stable that Vista will be very slow to take up with the big corporations and the patches will keep Office 2003 capable of reading any Vista unique documents for at least 12 months. Training will not be considered necessary until mid 2008.
We all agreed that Vista is a nice interface and the linux people are laughing that its taken MS 7 years to wake up to the multiple desk top idea but the cost is not justified and if enough people hold off, Microsoft will have to rethink their pricing.
If it aint broke then don't fix it. Also the upgrade is all you need - don't waste your dough on the full version - you can trick the upgrade to clean install - saves you over $100.
Also it costs the same in US dollars in the USA as it does in UK Pounds in the UK (the Pound is roughly 1.75 US dollars). Needless to say it hasn't impressed UK geeks too much!