The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
Forrester: Vista is Like Ill-fated New Coke

Forrester: Vista is Like Ill-fated New Coke

by , 5:15 PM EDT, July 24th, 2008

A Forrester report released on Wednesday revealed that of 50,000 enterprise users, over 87 percent were still using WIndows XP. The author of the report compared Vista to the ill-fated "New Coke."

The Forrester Report noted that only 8.8 percent of those surveyed, 18 months after Vista's release, were running the new OS. Mr. Thomas Mendel, the author of the report, said that it wold be wise by Microsoft to "consider following the lead of Microsoft's important partner Intel and re-evaluating the case of Vista," according to Computerworld on Thursday.

Even so, the rate of adoption of Vista remains twice that of Mac OS X. That's not surprising since Vista is the natural follow-on to XP while companies would have to make a major commitment to switch to a new OS like Mac OS X.

The report undercuts Microsoft's claim that over 180 million copies of Vista have been sold, according to Eric Lai at CW. Not often mentioned is that many companies have bought machines pre-loaded with Vista, then downgraded to XP in compliance with corporate licensing plans.

The Forrester report also noted that almost 20 percent of enterprise users are using the Firefox browser and urged corporate developers to make sure their apps work with Firefox.

Microsoft, in a period of reflection and reorganization after the Yahoo! missteps, appears to be ready to address the issues associated with Vista.

Recent Headlines - Updated March 4th

Wed,11:38 AM
TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-04: Apple’s Pro-worker Stance in Silicon Valley
10:44 AM
Apple’s Security Contractors are about to Become Employees
9:36 AM
Apple Working on Settlement with A123 after Hiring Battery Employees
8:50 AM
OS X Photos Beta: Adding to Existing Albums
Tue,9:30 PM
David Sparks Debuts ‘Workflow Video Field Guide’ for iOS Automation
9:11 PM
Gartner Says Apple Beat Samsung in Smartphones in December Quarter
5:38 PM
Nissan-Renault CEO Says Apple Car Is ‘Good News for Us’
5:08 PM
White Hat Security Hacker Bundle: $49
2:34 PM
$415M Settlement in Apple, Google Anti-poaching Case gets Preliminary OK
1:23 PM
TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-03: Google’s MVNO Plans, Apple Pay Scammers
11:45 AM
iOS 8: How to Set Up Your New iPad or iPhone - Those Questions!
9:52 AM
Google Ready to Launch it Own Cell Service Network
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!