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Resellers predict slow Vista sales

Resellers predict slow Vista sales

Despite Microsoft's triple product launch, some resellers are predicting it will be a while before significant numbers of businesses upgrade to Windows Vista.

The software giant launched its Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 products in Sydney last week. A Microsoft team headed by vice-president, Steve Vamos, used the event - regarded as its largest since the double-header of Windows 95 and Office 95 more than a decade ago - to spruik the business productivity features built into the new releases.

But Gartner has forecast more PCs will be upgraded to Windows Vista Home than Windows Vista Business in 2007 (4.9 versus 4.2 per cent). Local resellers have not reported business users beating a path to their door for the new software.

"There's some interest out there in the market, but I'm not sure how quick the uptake will be," Southern Cross Computer Systems managing director, Mark Kalmus, said. "Perhaps businesses in the fourth or fifth year of the PC cycle might look at replacing some infrastructure. Or if they have some pressing need in terms of security, they could think Vista can help. But we are not getting mountains of interest in Vista upgrades at this time." Kalmus had similar feelings about new Exchange and Office installs, arguing demand had not been pressing.


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