Small Businesses Doubt Microsoft's Rosy TCO Projections for Windows Vista

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IT Business Edge Survey indicates small business executives question Microsoft's projections of big TCO benefits from Microsoft Vista.

Only one in five of the small business executives who participated in a recent IT Business Edge reader survey trust Microsoft's projections of more than $300 a year in savings per machine upgraded to Windows Vista. Among the rest, half are convinced their TCO savings will be less, while the other half have no faith in any TCO estimates for Windows Vista.

Overall, survey participants said they have stayed on top of developments with Microsoft Windows Vista, with 79 percent describing themselves as reasonably or very well informed about the issue. But that familiarity with the new operating system has not fueled a rush to embrace it. Only one out of four said they plan to migrate to Microsoft Windows Vista within the first 18 months of its release. About the same number will rely on their PC refresh cycle to facilitate the upgrade over time, and the rest do not have a fixed upgrade plan, do not intend to upgrade, or are considering alternatives.

In all, 385 readers participated in the brief survey. The online poll was targeted at professionals from businesses of 500 or fewer employees, and 93 percent of respondents fit that profile. Nearly three quarters were from North America or Europe, and about 60 percent of respondents described themselves as being either an IT executive or manager. The anonymous survey was administered via e-mail and Web-based survey technology. While every attempt was made to ensure that results are accurate and credible, these results should be viewed as anecdotal and not scientific research.

An overview of the survey results is available at and full survey data can be viewed at

For related information, see the IT Business Edge Special Report, Windows Vista: The Promises, the Payoffs, the Costs at .

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