Symantec CEO John Thompson has no plans to upgrade to Vista (“I see no need for it for what I do online today. The machine that I use is the one provided by our company, and we have not made a commitment to migrate to Vista and therefore there is no reason for me to use Vista.”), which is not surprising given the security enhancements within Vista move Microsoft one step closer to going mano-a-mano against Symantec. Meanwhile, Microsoft declined to comment on speculation a new version of Vista is slated to be released in 2009.
So do you plan on upgrading to Vista any time soon? Is there enough in Vista to convince you to jump early on the bandwagon? Having used Vista, I think it’s just fine. The look and feel are slicker, the security features are better (albeit somewhat annoying) and multi-media features are impressive. Despite all that, Vista is an upgrade rather than a new release, and like any upgrade, you really need to ask yourself if it’s worth the hassle and aggravation to move from something that works to something that apparently works better or differently.
Based on conversations with people within the tech community, I’ve come across one person who has upgraded to XP (and it hasn’t been the most pleasant of experiences). Meanwhile, I’ve heard of several people making the move to Mac. Is there a trend here? Probably not but the Mac’s stability and hassle-free OS may be starting to win over more people who wouldn’t have even considered moving to the Mac side. There also appears to be growing interest in Linux (a few folks at a party on the weekend were talking about Ubuntu)
That said, Vista will be installed on every new PC sold this year (more than 200 million) so there will be lots and lots of Vista users before long. But I also suspect there will be plenty of XP users for a long time as well.