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Microsoft Customers to Adopt Windows XP, Licensing 6.0, and Active Directory but at Their Own Pace, According to IDC

Users Attitudes and Deployment Plans Discovered in New IDC Survey (January 02, 2002)
Microsoft customers are walking -- not running -- toward implementing the software giant's new technologies and practices, according to a new IDC study. IDC surveyed over 300 IT managers known to be Windows NT or Windows 2000 users and uncovered responses to Licensing 6.0 terms, receptiveness to Windows XP and the Windows.Net server family, as well as adoption rates for Active Directory.

"Most Microsoft customers will continue to follow the Windows roadmap, with broad plans for Active Directory deployment. However, users say their movement to Microsoft's latest operating systems will proceed on their schedule, not on Microsoft's schedule," said Al Gillen, research manager for IDC's Operating Environments service.

In terms of purchasing plans, Licensing 6.0 does not appear to have a dramatic impact on most users, the survey finds. The majority of IT managers surveyed by IDC are either still evaluating the new licensing process effects or are not concerned with the changes it introduces. However, 15.4% of survey respondents say that Licensing 6.0 provides them incentive to seek alternate products, citing the increase in Microsoft's software licensing cost as the primary reason.

"The bigger picture shows that few customers will be replacing their Microsoft technology with alternate products over the short term, so competitive products need to continue to offer a strong story of interoperability with Microsoft environments," Gillen said.

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