Is your organization getting busy with Windows 7 upgrades
and installations? Probably not, says
Tech Republic. At its recent Worldwide
Partner Conference, Microsoft said 74
percent of business computers are currently running Windows XP, which pretty
much confirms it was an accepted best practice simply to avoid Vista. The software giant’s data also shows the average
PC is 4.4 years old, the oldest it’s been in over a decade.
CEO Steve Ballmer
says Microsoft will ship 350 million copies of Windows 7 licenses by the end of
this year, so there must be interest out there in jumping from XP to Windows 7,
an upgrade that reportedly usually goes quite well, assuming the computer in
question isn’t woefully underpowered.
Republic ran its own poll
and found that 55 percent of respondents plan to upgrade to Windows 7, and 54
percent have computers from two to four years old. Thirty seven percent said their
computers were more than four years old.
Meanwhile, IT World
there’s no need to wait for Windows 7 Service Pack 1. It’s not necessary to
run Windows 7 well.
— Don Willmott