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More Vista Delays Will Put Pressure On Win2000 Users

If the launch date of Windows Vista gets pushed back any farther, Windows 2000 users will face an increasingly difficult decision, a research analyst said Thursday: rush Vista into production or fall back on the already-outdated Windows XP.

"It's going to be quite tricky for Windows 2000 users," said Annette Jump, a principal analyst with Gartner. The problem, she said, is the shrinking window between the time when Vista's unveiled and Windows 2000 paid support ends.

With the former now set as November 2006 for businesses and the latter halted in July 2010, it may seem that there's plenty of time for businesses to shift, but that's not necessarily the case, said Jump.

"Even if Vista releases in November to enterprises, we don't believe any businesses will migrate in Q1 2007. Even the technology leaders [who will move to Vista first] will need 60 to 90 days to test."

Mainstream deployment of Vista, she said, won't take place for at least 12 to 18 months after the OS's release, which puts it into the middle of 2008.

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