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83% of workplaces may avoid Win 7 in 2010

updated 12:10 pm EDT, Mon April 13, 2009

Offices May Avoid Win 7

In spite of feature improvements, Windows 7 may face as much resistance as Vista in businesses, a study from Dimensional Research shows. An examination of about 1,100 IT managers in large businesses finds that about 83 percent of these companies plan to turn down Windows 7 during 2010, leaving just 17 percent to update sometime in the first year. About 25 percent of the total group plan an upgrade in the second year, or around 2011.

If reflective of the wider market, the results wouldn't give Windows 7 more than half of the upgrade marketplace until 2012, when another 24 percent say they will update, and a remaining 17 percent plan for at least 3 years before they replace any existing systems.

The disjunction is partly attributed to the economy, which currently discourages large technology purchases, but is mostly tied to likely continued incompatibility with work software. Windows 7 is fundamentally similar to Vista underneath and so shares many of the same problems running specialized software meant for Windows XP or earlier; many companies will still need to either wait for patches or else obtain entire replacement software before they can make the upgrade.

Taking action on these promises would create significant danger for Microsoft. The Redmond, Washington developer posted a rare Windows divsion loss at the end of 2008 due largely to continued demand that the 7.5-years-old Windows XP stay on the market not only for slower netbooks, but for workplaces that actively take advantage of the XP downgrade program that pre-installs the older OS on new PCs while keeping a license for Vista available.

Partly anticipating concerns over upgrading, Microsoft has reiterated that it plans to allow Windows 7 to XP downgrades until June 2010, keeping with a policy that allows stepping back more than one OS version in certain conditions.



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  1. luckyday

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    So?

    Why is this news? Since when do businesses upgrade to a new OS the first year it is released. Businesses will rarely play guinea pig.

  1. paints

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    so?

    They didn't upgrade to Vista. That's two cycles of upgrades. That has got to put a sting on MS bottom line. That's news.

  1. climacs

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    Joined: Sep 2001

    +4

    re: so?

    indeed.

    What's more, XP is, what, 5 years old now? 6?

    What does that say for the future of Redmond when the best version of their money-making OS is several years old?

    And what happens when IT departments finally decide they really, really need to upgrade their OS because XP is too old but they don't like Windows 7 either?

    I'm not saying they will flock to OS X (though I wish they would). I'm saying it spells big trouble for Microsoft if they can't sell businesses on Win7.

    This is do-or-die for MS. If Win7 flops, then what do they do with their shredded credibility? What is their follow-up to XP going to be? What do they tell businesses in 2012 when XP is about 10 years old and only usable because of service pack updates?

    "OK folks, Windows 8 will be out in 2014... OK, 2015... no really 2016! And it's totally gonna kick butt! Forget all about Vista and Windows 7, Windows 8 is the s***!"

    yeah right.

  1. Constable Odo

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    They're trying to put

    Microsoft out of business. How can the company make any profits if so few businesses are upgrading?

    I'm still using Windows XP Pro on my MacBook Pro and I think it's great as far as Windows is concerned, but then again I was happy with Windows 98, too. I say if it works good enough, stick with it.

    I've got Leopard on one drive on my old G4 DP MDD, but I mostly use OSX Tiger because it still does everything I need it to do.

  1. DeezNutts

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    Why upgrade?


    MS will be supporting XP until 2014 according to the latest information we have received.

    MS will still make money regardless as most large companies are on enterprise software assurance are paying yearly for the whole package (xp, office and various other apps support incidents)

    It may hurt perception and home market uptake but unless big business is thinking of migrating off of MS platforms in general, MS will continue to roll in the cash with XP on the corporate desktop.

  1. DeezNutts

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    Why upgrade?


    MS will be supporting XP until 2014 according to the latest information we have received.

    MS will still make money regardless as most large companies are on enterprise software assurance are paying yearly for the whole package (xp, office and various other apps support incidents)

    It may hurt perception and home market uptake but unless big business is thinking of migrating off of MS platforms in general, MS will continue to roll in the cash with XP on the corporate desktop.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: so?

    luckyday is correct. It doesn't matter that XP is old. They stayed away from Vista because they got scared. And you know IT departments, it's "Don't change a thing unless you have to!" in those places. Many companies are still running IE 6, most likely, security issues be damned.

    But why would a company just roll out a new major change? You wouldn't do it with OS X, no matter what great new nifty features it includes.

    Plus, as DeezNutts says, if it works, why bother? There's very little in Vista or win 7 worth the cost of upgrading a site's computers, just like there's little in OS X that warrants upgrading a set of computers (unless you've just gots to have stacks in your dock!).

  1. nat

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    +3

    no, he's not

    luckyday's point was why is it news? paints is right. it's news because ms windows division lost money and this doesn't hold much promise for the future if the trend continues.

    and what a surprise! testudo/luckday agree. wow.

  1. luckyday

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    4th quarter 2008

    Microsoft's profit - Appx 12.7 Billion USD
    Apple's profit - Appx. 3.5 Billion USD

    I wouldn't worry about Microsoft's future, natty boy.

  1. nat

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    Joined: Mar 2002

    +2

    oh luck

    they appear to be concerned about it, regardless of what you think.
    slippery slope ol' boy. these things can turn ugly fast.

    but hey, keep the faith.

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