Despite a billion dollar marketing campaign for Windows XP, 52.2 per cent of 200 IT managers have said they do not intend to migrate to the new operating system, while another 25 per cent said they are undecided.
IT managers claimed that the main reason for not migrating was that they were still in the process of moving to Windows 2000, according to a survey conducted by trade publication Computerworld. The second and third reasons cited were cost, and the feeling that there was no need for the new features.
One respondent, a senior architect at Johnson Controls, said his company is still migrating its 40,000 users to Windows 2000. Other than ease-of-use features, he said that his IT staffers do not see any "considerable differences between Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP Professional".
An MIS director for the venture technologies division of steel products manufacturer Banks Corp said the company has a 50/50 split of Windows 98 and Windows 2000 on its PCs. "Budgets are tight right now. If you don't have to have it, you don't buy it," he explained.
In contrast, the survey reported that the The Boeing Company's aircraft and missiles division is looking forward to Windows XP.
An engineering manager told Computerworld that Boeing "likes to stay on the leading edge and typically moves to a new operating system within six to 10 months of its release. It's pretty hard to sell advanced weapons systems and not have the latest software," he said.
Mike Silver, an analyst at Gartner, said that for enterprises, Microsoft's main goal at this point is to get everybody off 9x and NT 4. "So just because people may not roll out hundreds of thousands of copies of Windows XP before the end of the year doesn't mean it is not successful," he pointed out.
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago