Pender's Blog

Blog archive

Virtual Vista: Try Before You Buy (or Sell?)

We start today with an e-mail from Peter, who writes to us from Melbourne, Australia, mate, in response to our recent query on whether partners are making money off Vista. His news is not good:

"Vista might be booming in Redmond, but in our town it seems to be a lead balloon. We do not know any other partners running it internally, and none of our customers have the slightest interest in it whatsoever.

"One of our BI [business intelligence, natch --LP] customers, a large bank, is just now upgrading from NT4 to Windows XP and is very seriously looking at Linux. Personally, I am quite happy on XP SP2 and have no plans to move until high-function machines are common.

"The bottom line is we are making nothing off Vista and, frankly, getting nothing much from the Partner Program either."

Right, that's a good reminder -- we're still looking for your feedback on the Microsoft Partner Program. We've had some very good comments so far, but we'd love some more. We'll run the best in Friday's newsletter.

Back to Vista for now, though. Microsoft, perhaps sensing that the new operating system isn't catching on as well as it had hoped, or perhaps just wanting to look cutting-edge, has developed a try-before-you-buy program that gives potential users a 30-day trial of Vista using virtualization. The trial, which lets users test applications on the new OS, is part of a little package of sweeteners aimed at boosting Vista adoption.

We're hearing through RCPU and other channels that partners aren't yet making much money from Vista sales. Granted, it's still a bit early in the sales cycle for a new OS. For instance, lots of businesses are talking about looking at Vista next year (maybe). Now, we want to know what Microsoft needs to do to help its partners profit from Vista now. Or, is Vista just a dud that's destined to never add to your bottom line? Share your thoughts at lpender@rcpmag.com.

Posted by Lee Pender on June 07, 2007 at 11:54 AM


Featured

  • 2019 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

    Here's your guide to all the IT training sessions, partner meet-ups and annual Microsoft conferences you won't want to miss this year.

  • Microsoft Rolls Out SQL Server 2019 RC1

    The first release candidate of the forthcoming SQL Server 2019 product can now be downloaded from Microsoft's Evaluation Center page.

  • The 2019 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From the next major update to Windows 10 to the next generation of HoloLens, here's what's on tap from Microsoft this year.

  • Microsoft, Tech Leaders Back Confidential Computing Consortium

    The Linux Foundation on Wednesday announced the formation of a new group that aims to ensure the security of processed data.

RCP Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.