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[ZD] Windows 7 powering 21 percent of corporate desktops; XP still at 60 percent

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By the end of March 2011, Windows 7 was powering 20.9 percent of corporate PCs, according to a new Forrester Research report, while Windows XP was on 60 percent of business PCs — down from 69 percent a year ago.
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I'd assume that there's still no real incentive for businesses to go forth with Windows 7, since all the new (and old) programs still run fine on XP.

My college though, which likes to spend exorbitant amounts of money for no good reason, decided to upgrade almost every computer on campus to Windows 7.
    
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My college though, which likes to spend exorbitant amounts of money for no good reason, decided to upgrade almost every computer on campus to Windows 7.
Well, they have to have some excuse for raising tuition

For a large company with thousand of computers a full transition would be extremely costly, as most likely necessitate new hardware as well. This doesn't really surprise me.
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Slowly but surely windows 7 will creep higher and higher. I actually rolled out windows 7 to my workplace last year (*gasp* even BEFORE SP1) and have been more than happy with it. Just for giggles I ran it on some old P4s we have and even then staff were generally happy with the performance.

I think Windows 7 just ties in very well with Windows 2008/R2, and any company that has their servers updated to 2008/R2 should take the leap into Windows 7! Oh not to mention WDS + Windows 7 makes mass deployments a breeze...and its free!

And if companies still have legacy applications that require XP or lower, maybe they should put some money into their IT department and update their software!
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Yeah i think the real decision is made when it comes to hardware purchases over upgrading the software..
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21% actually surprises me quite a bit, considering the work it would take to switch over and ensure compatibility and take care of other issues.
    
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To me, such figures are uninteresting. I presume that a large portion of the machines that are running Windows XP are more than 5 years old. Microsoft has never really had a strong upgrade story, the model has always seems to have been to get in with the OEMs.

Further, Windows 7 has amazing distribution and customization tools, simply unmatched.
Also, XP is at EOL...
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The XP mode must have helped for companies that had legacy in-house software.
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21% of system admins aren't lazy as hell.


Great. I happen to be one of them, all 60 workstations I'm in charge of have moved to Windows 7 as of SP1. I have 4 terminals that do PXE booting as a proof of concept of our network backbone for workstation virtualization
 
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Where I work, the dept I am in we were the test group for W7 since we're more technical than most of the organization. We have many homebrew applications and other applications that don't exactly get updated often. Its tough to change over...if we couldn't do business for a single business or became inefficient that would spell disaster.
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