Microsoft Windows Vista TCO Study

Microsoft is flaunting a new Windows Vista total cost of ownership study that—no surprise—presents rosy findings. Wipro Technologies and GCR Custom Research produced the report, which findings Microsoft presented in a conference call this afternoon. Microsoft's PR agency dispatched the wrong dial-in number, causing the meeting to start considerably late. My afternoon was packed, so […]

Microsoft is flaunting a new Windows Vista total cost of ownership study that—no surprise—presents rosy findings.

Wipro Technologies and GCR Custom Research produced the report, which findings Microsoft presented in a conference call this afternoon. Microsoft's PR agency dispatched the wrong dial-in number, causing the meeting to start considerably late. My afternoon was packed, so I snatched a PDF of the LiveMeeting PowerPoint and moved on to other things. A fuller white paper is now available.

The report focuses on Vista TCO benefits for mobile PCs. GCR concluded that Vista would reduce mobile PC TCO by $605 annually, or 14 percent, compared to Windows XP.

Reports of this type are always suspect, because they are custom commissioned by vendors. When I was an analyst, I worked on several custom reports used by companies for internal purposes, meaning to improve the business strategy. External custom reports have an inherent bias because the client is paying for them for a broader marketing objective.. Would Microsoft promote a commissioned report that found Vista TCO to be less than Windows XP or, gasp, Linux? The answer is obvious.

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Microsoft, Windows Vista, TCO, Vista Deployment