According to Forrester Research, the adoption rate of Windows XP on Microsoft PCs continues to rise, up to 84% from 67% in 2006. Furthermore, only one third of the survey respondents stated the intention of adoption Vista before 2009. 17% of the respondents admitted that such plans are scheduled for a later date, in 2009 or even 2010.

The icing on the bad news cake is that companies seem to be more interested in Service Pack 3 for Windows XP, scheduled to be released in early next year.

It’s a known fact that OS migration takes a long time to be accomplished and, for the time being, the time is not on Microsoft’s side. According to Techworld, the only market where Microsoft was able to make a (small) dent was its own home turf:

it’s only in the US that Forrester found significant Vista deployments – three percent of respondents – while European enterprises have yet to begin deployments.”

The survey included 600 US and European companies, all employing more than 1,000 people.