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Who's Using Vista?

I keep reading all these stories about how nobody at the enterprise level is using Vista–or really, rather, that only a very small minority of enterprises have taken the plunge. Depending on how far back you want to go, I keep hearing numbers for enterprise Vista adoption in even percentages as high as ten percent, thus in the range from 2%, Feb ’08, to 10%, December, 2008, with plenty of inbetween values reported as well.

On the other hand, Microsoft reports sales of over 300 million Vista licenses as of December, 2008, along with adoptions at “major enterprises like Continental Airlines, the United States Air Force, Virgin Megastores, Charter, Avanade, Eastman Chemical, and PPG…” They also report from other sources that nearly half of all businesses of all sizes, including enterprises, are using or evaluating Windows Vista right now.

So what does this all mean? Alas, that depends on who you ask. I keep seeing stories about Windows 7, which may make an appearance some time next year or early in 2010, stressing the “wait and see” angle on Vista enterprise deployment and use. In some of the same information outlets, I also see reporting about a growing groundswell of Vista adoption across the entire IT landscape as home, home office, and business users find themselves more or less forced into at least trying Vista simply because it comes pre-loaded on so many notebook, laptop, and desktop PCs nowadays.

My own personal take on the situation is that enough people are using Vista to make it worthwhile for me to use it, too, and to learn as much about its inner workings, capabilities, and foibles as I can. Even if the whole world, or the whole enterprise spectrum, hasn’t yet jumped onto the Vista bandwagon, and might never do so if Windows 7 shows up soon enough, there are still enough interested parties–sometimes wary or weary, sometimes enthusiastic, but always concerned about how to make things work as well as possible–to make it worthwhile for me to keep digging into this sometimes frustrating, sometimes mysterious, but always fascinating OS.

I have to guess that many other IT professionals feel the same way, and are wondering why so many keep finding evidence that Vista has (a) failed or (b) never succeeded in any way in the first place. As far as I’m concerned it’s all just part of the ins and outs of working with a multi-million line code base with more functionality than I can learn completely in a lifetime!

Happy Holidays to one and all!


PS: Having met my monthly blogging quota (12) with the posting of this item, I’m going on hiatus until after New Year’s. Thus, let me take this opportunity to wish my readers the happiest of holiday seasons, and a safe and prosperous 2009.

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