The Missing Windows 7 Fear Factor

Michael Vizard
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10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 7

So what are some of the practical things to like about Windows 7?

Try as Microsoft and its PC manufacturing partners might, they are having a tough time scaring IT organizations to wholesale upgrades to Windows 7. Even with threats of cutting off support, most IT organizations remain largely unmoved.


The reason for this, says Prowess CEO Aaron Suzuki, is twofold. First, many IT organizations are convinced they will either be able to, in the case of large companies, leverage their clout to cut a Windows XP support contract with Microsoft, or in the case of smaller companies, find a third-party organization to support them. The second major issue is that many commercial software vendors have yet to release new applications that take advantage of enough Windows 7 features to warrant an upgrade. As a result, IT organizations are wary of the benefits of Windows 7 when most of the applications that the business relies on run just fine on Windows XP.


Prowess provides SmartDeploy systems management tools for Windows environments. As much as it is in Prowess' interest to see mass migrations to Windows 7, Suzuki says the reality is that Windows XP and Windows 7 will coexist for years to come within most organizations. In fact, most IT organizations are only bringing in Windows 7 in a piecemeal fashion, such as when a mobile computing user requires a new notebook or an engineer needs a new workstation. The end result, says Suzuki, is that IT organizations are looking for systems management tools that do a better job of automating the management of application images across diverse Windows operating system environments.


Interestingly enough, Suzuki adds that when they do opt to buy a new machine, many IT organizations are opting to spend extra on the hardware with an eye towards having platforms that could realistically run Windows 8 and future versions of Internet Explorer. Given that, Suzuki says it's more than likely that the Windows upgrade cycle in the years ahead may prove to be even more extended than it is now.


There are, of course, a lot of good reasons to upgrade to Windows 7. But for many IT organizations, there are just as many good reasons not to upgrade. And with the rise of mobile computing and cloud computing services such as Google Apps, many IT organizations are not as concerned about what Microsoft may do or say about Windows or even Microsoft Office for that matter. And without a big stick looming over them, more IT organizations than ever are approaching Windows on their own terms. In fact, without any great sense of anxiety over Windows 7, Suzuki says it wouldn't surprise him to see the bulk of Windows 7 upgrades in the enterprise taking place until late 2012 and well into 2013 and beyond.



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Apr 14, 2011 10:11 AM David Hopwood David Hopwood  says:

Hi

Great write up, there is also anther option for company's who are looking at upgrading there PC's to Windows 7.

Linux, we are changing over more and more business's over to Ubuntu (linux) every day, this gives the company the option to upgrade there OS with out cost of licenses due to the OS being open source and it also almost removes the need to upgrade the PC.

As an office package they running open office (www.openoffice.org) again a full open source package.

As for email, you can import all your old emails over to Evolution.

Any questions fire me an email

Best Regards

David Hopwood

DSNetworx Ltd

If windows software is needed then you just setup XP under virtual box (the same as you would with a Mac).

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Apr 15, 2011 12:16 PM anonymous anonymous  says:

Windows 7 is just like Vista rehashed. Full of gimmicks and fancy tricks. Aero Snap? There's a far better version in XP called Tile Horizontally or Tile Vertically that isn't limited to arranging just two windows but any number you select. There are many good useful features of XP removed and broken in Windows 7. The file manager, Windows Explorer was utterly destroyed in Vista and becomes worse in Windows 7. Poor usability. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_7 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_Vista . Unnecessary GUI changes. Vista was innonative but horrible usability wise and removed things. Windows 7 is Vista with few new features and again many features removed and fancy gimmicks and shiny graphics added.

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