Steve Ballmer: Windows Vista SP1 will spark Windows Vista in Enterprises

In the months before Microsoft released Vista service pack 1, company officials repeatedly said that the update wouldn't contain more than a few minor performance and reliability tweaks, and that SP1 wouldn't have much of an effect on the pace of Vista adoption. But in a press Q&A session earlier this week at Cebit 2008, […]

In the months before Microsoft released Vista service pack 1, company officials repeatedly said that the update wouldn't contain more than a few minor performance and reliability tweaks, and that SP1 wouldn't have much of an effect on the pace of Vista adoption. But in a press Q&A session earlier this week at Cebit 2008, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said he's not concerned over the slow pace of Vista migration in enterprises, and that he expects Vista SP1 to be a catalyst for Vista adoption.

"Enterprise adoption [of Vista] is not unlike the enterprise adoption we've seen with earlier versions of Windows," Ballmer said. "I do think the shipment of Vista SP1 is a milestone, not just because of what's in SP1, but because it will let people assess the reliability of the product."

With Vista SP1, Microsoft and third party vendors have worked tirelessly to hammer out the hardware and software compatibility issues that have dogged Vista since its release, according to Ballmer. Microsoft has also made progress by developing a services offering for companies to get their internal applications compatible with Vista, he said.

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