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Vista uptake is barely more than Windows 98 share

Less than 1 per cent in businesses
Tue Oct 09 2007, 10:12

WINDOWS VISTA'S market share in businesses logs barely more users than Windows 98, reports Softpedia.

Released first to its corporate Software Assurance users in November 2006, Windows Vista was touted by Microsoft as primarily aimed at business customers. Vista wasn't released for consumers until January 2007. However, figures gathered and recently released by security vendor SunBelt Software indicate that businesses are staying away from Vista in droves, as opposed to home users who often have had no other choice but to run Vista on a new PC.

Sunbelt logged the client operating systems reported by its CounterSpy Enterprise security monitoring product and used by machines visiting the company's website. Not surprisingly, CounterSpy Enterprise reported that Windows XP came in first with 82.91% market share, followed by Windows 2000 with 14.88%, Windows Server 2003 with 1.83%, and only then Windows Vista with a mere 0.32% market share, just barely more than last place Windows 98 with 0.03%.

Of the machines visiting its website, which SunBelt assumed were primarily home users, Windows XP was still first with 83.90%, followed by Windows Vista with 9.38%, Windows 2000 at 3.59%, Windows Server 2003 with 1.62% and Windows 98 at 1.33%.

These figures look plausible from here, given the conservative tendencies and inertia of business users, and they do seem to show that Windows Vista has so far utterly failed to take hold in corporate settings. µ



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