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CIOs in No Rush To Buy Vista

In a Merrill Lynch survey asking CIOs what their intentions were for enterprise and server software spending, many indicated that they planned to push back plans to upgrade to Windows Vista.

According to the survey results, only 8 percent of CIOs intended to upgrade to Vista in 2007, which is down from 14 percent who said they would do so when asked back in January. Some 75 percent said they are still waiting to hear from Microsoft about exactly when the company planned to launch the long overdue operating system, before making any purchasing decisions. That figure is up from 65 percent back in January.

There was more bad news for Redmond as part of that same survey. Because of the multiple delays to both Vista and Office 2007, many CIOs said they would push back the renewals of their Microsoft Enterprise Agreements.

While the number of CIOs that plan to renew in 2006 held steady at 27 percent, some of those renewals have been pushed back from the third quarter to the fourth. Only 7 percent intend to renew in the third quarter compared to 10 percent in the last survey conducted earlier this year.

About the Author

Ed Scannell is the editor of Redmond magazine.

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