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SMBs uneager to adopt Vista

Microsoft may be tooting its own horn about Vista, but SMBs are hearing the blare as babble. Only 7% of small businesses are interested in upgrading by the end of the year.

Microsoft Corp. may be pushing its latest new operating system, but small and midsized businesses (SMBs) aren't running to upgrade to Vista, according to a survey by New York-based AMI Partners.

Though AMI's announcement of the report said that VIsta has "already begun to grab the attention of SMBs internationally," only 17% of midsized businesses are interested in upgrading by the end of the year, and the number drops to 7% among small businesses. The biggest catalyst for moving to Vista will come from regular, periodic machine upgrades – all new Windows PCs will ship with Vista – which AMI's report predicted would happen every three to four years.

SMBs will upgrade more in 18 to 24 months, according to Charles King, principal analyst at Hayward, Calif.-based Pund-IT Research. But if they're forced to go through the hassle of a major upgrade, some may use the opportunity to switch over to other desktop platforms, like Linux, he said.

The original version of this story appeared on TechTarget sister site SearchSMB.

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