Computers, Internet access, cell-phone technology and simplified web-page design software have all become cheaper and faster in recent years, making it easier to launch some type of at-home enterprise without sinking a lot of money into it.
They have to flush out other systems first and get a stronger XP environment, then have the incentive to [migrate] all over again. The beta program gives them a chance to test the applications portfolio and give feedback to Microsoft about what they need to improve.
The [February] enterprise CTP release has a lot of new features that address these key pain points. By giving its users a feature-complete version of Vista earlier in the process, enterprise customers will have a lot more exposure to -- and a much greater understanding of the impact of -- these new capabilities.
Notebook prices have fallen a lot over the last few years. Traditionally the people who got notebooks were business travelers, but within the last couple years companies have tried to create a more flexible working environment even for the more office-based people.