Microsoft: Do give Vista a try

The software maker wants businesses to know that they're "encouraged" to upgrade to Windows Vista from XP, instead of waiting for Windows 7 to be released.

Victoria Ho Special to CNET News
2 min read

Following the beta release of Windows 7, Microsoft is sending the message to companies not to give Vista a miss, saying investments toward adopting the OS can be reused when Windows 7 is ready.

Windows Vista business
The business edition of Windows Vista Microsoft

Speaking at a press demo session of Windows 7 beta, Richard Francis, general manager, Windows client BG lead, business and marketing organization, Asia-Pacific region at Microsoft, said companies are "encouraged" to upgrade to Windows Vista after predecessor XP, instead of waiting for Windows 7 to be released.

"Certainly, there will be some companies that will decide to skip Vista and wait for Windows 7. But we are asking customers to continue and deploy Windows Vista," said Francis.

He explained that the software giant prioritized "easing migration" from Vista to 7, so "migrating to 7 will build upon (earlier) migration efforts to Vista" for enterprises.

Touting the security features of Vista, he said it should provide a safer environment for companies above XP. He added that these features such as the User Account Control tool, although contributing to a "safer" OS, were "annoying for users" and are able to be customized in 7.

Francis noted that the device compatibility issues which plagued Vista are not expected to be an issue with Windows 7. "When Vista came out, there were only 22,000 compatible devices with the right drivers. Now there are 78,000, so there is better support from the ecosystem," he said.

On current XP users considering paying for extended support as mainstream support reaches its April 2009 deadline, Francis said it is "too soon to say" how many will opt for that, but added that "there is no leading indicator for now that they will do so."

"A lot of customers have refreshed their machines which are Vista-capable, so they should not have issues moving to Vista," he stated.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has said that companies can wait for Windows 7, but also encouraged users to migrate to Vista.

Victoria Ho of ZDNet Asia reported from Singapore.

Click here for more news on Windows 7.