Almost half of IT professionals feel that migrating to Microsoft Vista constitutes a distraction from more important issues (49%), a survey has revealed.

Conducted by online research specialists emedia, just over half (54%) of respondents also suspected application incompatibility would cause pain to those migrating to Microsoft's latest operating system, while nearly two-thirds (63%) cite cost as a concern.

In areas other than security, respondents expect Vista to bring improvements to desktop infrastructure optimisation (49%), finding and using information (42%) and enabling a mobile workforce (30%).

However, less than half (47%) of respondents expect their organisation to migrate to Vista in the foreseeable future, and more than a quarter (27%) expect Vista to have no impact on their business within the next 18 months.