Small Businesses Switch to Vista Fastest, Study Says

Nearly half of businesses are in some phase of preparing to update desktops to Windows Vista, with small businesses moving the fastest to implement the OS, according to a xreport released last week. The number of organizations evaluating and testing Vista increased from 29 percent in February 2007 to 48 percent by early November 2007, found the report, commissioned by reseller CDW and based on information collected by Walker Information from 772 IT decision makers. Moreover, about 35 percent of companies are currently implementing or have implemented Vista already, compared to 12 percent last February, the report said. The report is the third of a wave of reports on Vista adoption that CDW has done since the OS was in its final testing phases in October 2006. In the latest phase of release, which tracked Vista adoption from October 31 until Nov. 7, 2007, small businesses comprised 53 percent of those companies either using or evaluating Vista. The higher-education segment came in second, with 49 percent reporting that they are evaluating or using the OS, while medium-to-large businesses were third, with 48 percent.

Because of lingering hardware and application compatibility issues between existing company IT assets and Vista, CDW still advises customers to move to Vista on a case-by-case basis, said David Cottingham, director of product and partner management at CDW. In the case of small businesses, they may not have the application or hardware dependencies on Windows XP that larger businesses have. "There are still definitely concerns when you get into custom applications in industries that will run on XP," he said. "If [companies] have custom applications that don't run on Vista yet, they're going to stay on XP." CDW is still selling both XP and Vista, but Cottingham said the company does not have data on which version of the OS is selling more now that Vista has been available to businesses for more than a year. In September, Microsoft had to extend the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) license for XP for five more months through June 30, 2008, because of customer demand for the OS. Microsoft had planned to stop selling XP through OEMs and retailers on Jan. 31.

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I can't say I'm surprised, obviously smaller companies will have less work to do to implement Vista.
I'm more interested in the fact that businesses are switching to Vista (assuming they've upgraded from XP). Personally I prefer XP and unfortunately that means all the machines at work (40+) are staying on it.

The higher uptake would be explained by small businesses buying new PCs with Vista pre-loaded and can't be assed re-imaging them with XP...

Didn't think it would take a huge survey to establis that. But ya thats to be expected.... and what sucks for small businesses is that they are going to be going through all this again when they see how poor Vista really is.

If Vista is so bad they they wouldnt upgrade. Only a fool would upgrade without testing and evaluating Vista in a business environment.

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If Vista is so bad they they wouldnt upgrade. Only a fool would upgrade without testing and evaluating Vista in a business environment.

actually you are slightly wrong, small businesses generally do not have the IT departments, they will only have 1 IT guy if they even have an IT guy at all, therefore resources to test and evaluate software (test networks, if you only have 5-19 machiens in your organisation why would you buy another 2 or 3 test machines just to make sure vista is goign to work in your environment) they will generally just upgrade them one at a time and hope for the best..

howerver in a big corporate network then yeah you have 5 or 6 machiens to test with adn woudl be a fool not to test your legacy applications work.

The big reason i think for small business to be more adoptive to vista, is the fact big corporates can't afford to upgrade 100 machines, to be able to run vista, they will wait till their next buy cycle and upgrade once all the machines they havea re up to spec. it's a hell of a lot cheaper to upgrade 5 or 10 machiens than 50 - xxxxxx

yeah, same here We have 1 server and 3 desktops and 3 laptops and they've all been upgraded to Vista (Server still on Server 2003) and as of right now we all loving it. People just say they can get stuff done easier in the newer applications (Office 2007 also) much faster than before.

NOTE - This probably includes the fact that they were new machines too. Dual Core CPUs vs old P3s and P4s So they love it, boss is happy and therefore i get lots of praise

Yeah. Small Business have less of a chance of running elgacy or custom designed software . Most of their software is probably vista ready by now.

It makes sense.

When you don't have the gigantic network that you need to keep intact, you can upgrade in small segments a lot easier.

At work, (Small business, like 8 computers), my boss got Vista and he loves it.