Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Did you hold on your Vista deployment? Good Call!

This was posted originally in November of 2006 @ http://apcmag.com/vista_gets_official_release_dates.htm:
"EXCLUSIVE |Microsoft has set November 30 as the release date for Vista (and Office 2007) to business customers and January 30, 2007 as the date for the official launch to consumers and The World At Large."
Though there was a great deal of excitement, the release fell hard and flat... Vista just had too many issues for the average consumer, and at that time, required new hardware for the most part. Now, some of us happily did our due diligence and with some custom policies and the SP1 for Vista, most real issues were resolved other than the obscure driver issue. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the damage had been done and most of their customers had forced MS to extend support for Windows XP Pro far past any date MS had hoped for.

From a business stand point, despite a grudgingly accepting home/retail market place. Vista was just not gonna happen anytime soon. Most Professionals also knew Windows 7 was on the horizon and low and behold here it is. At this point, there is very little business case to spend money in the current economy to migrate to an OS with less than 6 months until its replacment is released. Realistically, most should not even consider going to Windows 7 until the first Service Pack is released, but who knows what lessons were learned from Vista that may make that less an issue here.

Check here for a CNN article on Windows 7 and the holiday release plans...

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