According to Forrester Research, Windows Vista is the ‘New Coke’ of Operating Systems. After being on the market for over a year Vista currently has only 8% market share among enterprise users according to a recent report by Thomas Mendel, Ph.D. of Forrester Research.   Of the 50,000 enterprise users surveyed by the Cambridge, Mass., analyst firm, 87.1% were still running Windows XP at the end of June, compared to 8.8% for Vista. The low number is of obvious concern to Microsoft now that Vista has been on the market for a full eighteen months.

Other interesting excerpts from the report:

  • Mac’s have increased their share of enterprise desktops from 3.7% to 4.5% in the last 6 months, while Linux share interestingly enough has fallen from 1.8% to 0.5% over the same period. (I’d question Forrester’s sampling techniques on that one.)
  • The report also found that 19.4% of corporate users now use Firefox as their browser up from 16.8% just six months ago – all at the expense of Internet Explorer.
  • The report suggests that enterprises thinking about upgrading to Vista consider Intel’s recent decision NOT to upgrade it’s 80,000 desktops and laptops. As reported in the New York Times last month an Intel source reported that the company made its decision after a lengthy analysis by its internal technology staff of the costs and potential benefits of moving to Windows Vista, which has drawn fire from many customers as a buggy, bloated program that requires costly hardware upgrades to run smoothly.