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Dude, you’re migratin’ to Vista

Dell has announced its own Windows Vista migration tool, joining a growing list of vendors looking to capitalize on the complexity of deploying the new OS.

Dell calls its offering the Client Migration Solution and claims it can “reduce migration costs by up to 62%.” It automates much of the Vista deployment process and addresses the problems of application compatibility and bandwidth usage. The target audience is businesses with at least 2,500 seats.

Symantec has been using Vista migrations as the main selling point for its Altiris Application Compatibility Suite for more than a year now. And last week Microsoft bought Kidaro, a desktop virtualization vendor whose technology will allow users to run incompatible software on Vista machines.

Even with this month’s release of SP1, Vista complaints are still coming in strong. It remains to be seen whether or not this new spate of deployment tools will help nudge XP users closer to Vista, but at least the products will be available when Vista migrations begin en masse.

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