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Microsoft Customers to Adopt Windows XP, Licensing 6.0, and Active Directory but at Their Own Pace, According to IDCUsers Attitudes and Deployment Plans Discovered in New IDC Survey (January 02, 2002)
"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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