History repeats itself: Intel chooses XP over Vista
By Emil Protalinski | Published: June 26, 2008 - 04:59PM CT
The New York Times is reporting that, according to an anonymous tipster close to Intel, the chip giant has decided against upgrading its computers to Windows Vista, and is instead clinging to Windows XP. The company, which employs about 80,000, made the decision after a lengthy analysis by its internal technology staff of the potential benefits of moving to Vista. It found none. At first glance, it would seem that Intel might be following in GM's footsteps and is considering "bypassing Vista," but after taking a closer look, this is not explicitly said. Intel is testing and deploying Vista in certain departments but it has not stated whether it is dismissing Vista altogether or if it is simply holding off a bit longer.
It might come as a shock to some that this has happened before and may be no big deal. Microsoft blogger Ed Bott did a little digging and found that back in 2002, the same 80,000 employee-strong company announced it would be holding on to Windows 2000 a bit longer, instead of moving over to the superior XP. Many believe that business adoption of XP was very quick, but this is simply a myth. It is difficult to say whether Vista is doing better or worse than XP did for businesses; the sales numbers aren't terrible, but this means nothing when it comes to corporations and their decisions for upgrading.
When the majority of businesses do eventually ditch XP, Windows 7 will already be available. Currently, Microsoft recommends upgrading to Vista before moving to Windows 7, but it's unlikely the company will be saying the same in 2010. If testing goes well and hardware and application compatibility problems do not plague Windows 7, adoption rates may go through the roof given that the upcoming OS is expected to have the same requirements as Vista. Either way, it's not as big of a deal as many make it out to be; many big corporations have deals with Microsoft where they regularly pay the software giant the same amount, regardless of whether they are currently using the latest OS or its predecessor.