Microsoft is confident in meeting the mid-market and enterprise adoption target for Windows Vista, amid channel reports of a poor response to the operating system.
Windows product marketing manager David Rayner says the vendor set a “conservative” goal that 6.5 percent of the local mid-size and enterprise PC install base would be using Vista by the end of its financial year in June.
He says Microsoft is currently gathering the take-up statistics, but says “early indications are we’re doing what we thought we’d do. We’re on track to get to [the target].”
“Large organisations in particular want to test applications and make sure it will work okay before deployment. They should definitely be testing [Vista] and organisations have been doing that.”
Rayner says small businesses are more likely to adopt Vista earlier, as they often buy pre-loaded software when purchasing new PCs and don’t want to downgrade to XP.
Phillip Walter handles Microsoft business at Express Data, which distributes the software. He says sales have been affected by negative press and “worldwide ambivalence” about Vista, which he says does exist locally.
“The sales of Vista haven’t performed as well as we could have expected, to be fair. I think Microsoft is aware that the uptake has been quite slow based on some negative feedback about its interaction capabilities, which by and large aren’t true.”
Walter says sales started off well when the OS was released, but tailed off to remain “reasonably steady”. However, he says they increased in the last quarter of 2007.
Rayner says some local enterprises are testing Vista for specific purposes, such as secure mobile computing, or may migrate parts of the organisation to Vista as PCs are renewed.
Integrator Axon says only one of its customers has deployed Vista organisation-wide.
“Many of our clients are looking at the general population of PCs and saying ‘we don’t see the business benefits yet’,” says Axon’s general manager of managed services, Richard Purvis.
“A number of clients are being selective and using it in the mobility space. We’re seeing it on laptops and tablets and we’re seeing it in the high-end and developer work stations.”