Intel Sandy Bridge Tips Windows 7 Equation

Michael Vizard

If you've been putting off that migration to Windows 7, you might want to reconsider that stance come spring.

New PC systems based on the next generation of Intel's Core processor architecture, known as Sandy Bridge, will be out starting in March. Two sets of them-laptops from Lenovo and desktop units from Hewlett-Packard - were showcased today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Now while tablet PCs are all the rage at CES this year, the simple fact of the matter is that the PC is still the workhorse of enterprise IT. And when system manufacturers start gearing up to deliver systems that are 40 percent faster than a previous generation of PCs, IT organizations should take notice.

Beyond needing a state-of-the-art platform to run Windows 7, there are an increasingly large number of demanding applications, such as unified communications applications, that really need access to the maximum amount of horsepower available to them.

So while there are more than a few IT organizations still trying to hold on to their Windows XP systems, at what point does Windows XP become a competitive disadvantage to your organization? And especially when the people you are trying to compete with are running the latest Windows 7 applications on machines that are an order of magnitude faster than anything in your organization.

There are obviously costs when it comes to migrating to Windows 7. But at the end of the day, it costs more to manage Windows XP on an ongoing basis. So while it may sound attractive to hold on to Windows XP as long as possible, the reality is that you are probably exacerbating your ongoing operational IT costs at the expense of the productivity of your end users.

That's going to be an increasingly hard argument to stand behind as we move ahead in 2011.

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