That article is only partly accurate.
Vista was not a renamed Longhorn. Longhorn was totally dropped after they failed to get it to function. It was an almost totally rewritten OS, with several major features, none of which made it into the later Vista. Vista as we've already discussed, was a modded Server 2003, which wasn't too different from the client XP.
Ah, I see. So 83% of IT Professionals are concerned with Vista's compatibility with legacy software, yet some of them would switch to non-Windows OS without any compatibility with their legacy software.
Now that makes perfect sense.
It doesn't make sense to you, because you aren't interested in understanding it. You're looking at the article in a simplistic way because you're adament about it. Its more than that. Companies are concerned about the future direction of the OS. It's not just the problems with the current versions. They're concerned that future versions will have even more problems, with no major benefits. They don't want to go further down that road.
Many professionals are so concerned about Vista's problems, and that Win 7 will be pretty much the same, that they would finally want to do what they've wanted to do for many years, but didn't think they could do, which is to switch to another OS.
They don't think that MS has any real, workable plan to fix Windows long running problems, which they just see as getting worse.
It's called cutting your losses.
You're ignoring, in your response, why they would like to get out, or at least, making it seem as though it's not important.
29% of people who would switch from Windows would go OSX (Linux being close second)... so, 29% out of 52% is... around 15% of total number.
Not bad is correct. but when you look back to previous surveys, you will see that the 15% number was much less. It's been increasing over the years. The newest poll shows a much greater number than 15%.
Not bad. But we know they will not switch because hardware replacement price would be enormous, and after that they would have to face with - guess what? - same thing they fear about Vista, namely legacy software compatibility, and to much bigger extend (as none of their legacy software would work).
But that's not necessarily true. Most medium and larger companies change their stock over a three year period. The average business PC, without monitor, costs about $1,000.
In addition, they can always use XP on their Macs for those programs they really need until they can replace them. That's an advantage the Mac has that Windows machines don't.
In addition. Three years ago in medium and large business, Macs were at an approximate level of 1.5%. Now they're at a level of 4.5%. That's in three years. Obviously, these corporations see the value. In survey after survey over the years by IDG and others, Macs in a corporate environment have clearly been shown to have significantly better ROI. Companies can see this.
While in the past OS X wasn't considered to be mature enough, it is now. As it becomes easier to incorporate Macs into a PC environment, this usage will increase.
In short, surveys like that are kind of worthless.
That's only because they throw your contentions out into the garbage. If they agreed with your statements, you would find them to be correct.
It's interesting that overall Mac usage in these situations is increasing rapidly, which shows that the surveys ARE correct.
And just a little note: one of our biggest clients was NZ department of one of the world biggest camera/printer/photocopier/... manufacturers. As we pushed Server 2008 and Hyper-V on their new servers, replacing aged hardware, question of Vista was raised with their in-house IT department. It was our opinion that it should be introduced in departments where hardware is capable of handling it (or is planed for replacement) and there are no problematic legacy applications and additional hardware without Vista support. We got adamant "NO" in their answer, followed by explanation that will likely not find place in surveys: "How are we going to support our staff with Vista? We know nothing about it".
Surprisingly honest answer. It will be XP for them till the Judgement Day come (which, I've heard, will be some time in 2012
That really supports what I've been saying.
2012 is a long way off. If MS hasn't figured a way out if their dilemma, YOU might find Macs moving in yourself.