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Majority of PCs Not Equipped for Vista Upgrade

Survey: Majority of PCs Not Equipped for Vista Upgrade

Everdream’s Analysis of 145,000 Desktops Shows Companies Face Big Costs and Obstacles to Adopting New Version of Windows;

79.9 % Are Not Fully Compatible with Microsoft’s Requirements

FREMONT, Calif. — Everdream, the market leader in on-demand desktop management services, released a series of data today indicating the preparedness of companies seeking to migrate their computers to the Windows Vista operating system. The data highlights the difficulties many companies, especially small and mid-sized businesses, will face when upgrading their PCs to the latest Windows OS.

According to the evaluation, 79.9% of machines do not match Microsoft’s recommended requirements for “premium-ready PCs” to be upgraded to Vista. The biggest obstacle to a smooth transition to the new operating system is the amount of random access memory (RAM) the computers contain. Microsoft requires a baseline of 512 MB of RAM but recommends 1 GB; a mere 30% of the desktops surveyed meet the latter figure.

As the leading on-demand desktop management vendor, Everdream has unique visibility into compliance, security and configuration status of PCs. Agents installed on customer PCs report to Everdream’s data centers allowing customer IT organizations to access and manage computers 24/7 via any Web browser and providing aggregated, at-a-glance status updates.

Everdream ran reports on nearly 145,000 desktops and laptops within its installed base against the baseline and optimal criteria defined by Microsoft to determine Vista readiness per computer.

Recommended Requirements (Premium-Ready PCs):

* 1 GB RAM

* 1 GHz microprocessor

* 40 GB hard drive

* 15 GB free hard drive space

The survey concluded that:

* 69.5% of machines do not have the required RAM

* 62.4% of machines do not have the required hard drive

* 18.4% of machines do not have the required free hard drive space

* 6.7% of machines do not have the required processor speed

* 79.9% of machines do not meet at least one of the above listed requirements

* 93.8% of companies have at least one machine that does not meet the above requirements

Minimum Requirements

* 512 MB RAM

* 800 MHz microprocessor

* 20 GB hard drive

* 15 GB of free hard drive space

The survey concluded that:

* 24.9% of machines do not have the required RAM

* 24.3% of machines do not have the required free hard drive space

* 15% of machines do not have the required hard drive

* 5.4% of machines do not have the required processor speed

“Clearly many companies face stark realities as they consider upgrading their IT assets to Windows Vista in the coming months,” said Ed Mueller, chief marketing officer for Everdream. “For companies developing Vista rollout plans, a critical first step is to ensure that their PCs meet the most basic standards for the new operating systems, which our data indicates is no small feat. The costs of getting computers into compliance with Microsoft’s requirements will likely be a huge obstacle to Vista adoption, especially for small and mid-sized companies that have limited IT budget, resources and staff. Desktop management providers like Everdream can play a very strategic role in helping businesses quickly determine their Vista readiness and put in place a sensible adoption plan.”

“Everdream’s striking numbers demonstrate that upgrading to Windows Vista may prove to be even more difficult than originally anticipated,” said Mark Minasi, technology columnist and author of the popular Mastering series and The Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide. “Consumers and business buyers alike should be very careful about the labels that they’ll see on systems nowadays — a system that is Windows Vista capable doesn’t necessarily translate to one that is Windows Vista enjoyable.”

About Everdream

Everdream Corporation is the market leader in delivering cost effective, low risk on-demand desktop management services that enable greater asset visibility, ensure business uptime and deliver high end-user satisfaction, while significantly reducing the total cost of ownership of corporate PCs. Built around a powerful and cost effective Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform model, Everdream delivers a comprehensive set of software services via a single, integrated management console, enabling companies to manage their mobile, distributed workforces via the web anytime from anywhere in the world. Combined with its “Try, Buy, Deploy” self-service model, Everdream helps organizations such as UPS Stores, ADP, Brocade Communications, Korean Airlines, Midas International, Salesforce.com, Sonic Automotive, Sylvan Learning Centers and others to quickly and easily deploy, activate and manage the desktop management functions required to achieve maximum compliance, greater desktop protection and employee satisfaction. For more information, visit the Everdream Web site at www.everdream.com or call 888-307-7299.

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