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We're pushing close to 70,000 machines as the 8th largest school district in the US, and only now have there been talks about rolling into 7. And only on new machines. Our most widespread system in use is the HP 5700 with 3.2Ghz P4 and 1gb RAM. The HP 6000's purchased this year are the first to offer 4GB ram and Core 2 Duo's.... All of you guys saying there is no excuse, have never left your desk, and have no idea how things work in the real IT world. In our case, things like:

Operation across Laptops, Thin Clients, Workstations, Netbooks, and Desktops
Integration with Client Management Software (Altiris in our case)
New licenses for: CMS, Endpoint Protection, Productivity Software, Education Simulators, Text Books on DVD,etc, etc.
And a whole lot more

Then imagine actually doing it. Extra staff would have to be brought in, users would have to be trained. New policies made for users. Restrictions, etc... It would be a fiscal nightmare.
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Many corporations aren't upgrading from W2K/XP because their systems run well and unnecessary upgrades are unnecessary.
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The MAX OS X fluctuates.
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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.Chrome browser is gaining wide acceptance in enterprise users, reaching 14 percent share by the end of Q’1 2011.
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Originally Posted by KingofKings;13945092 
All these windowses after XP are really just a huge scam by Microsoft to sell more of their crap that no one wants.

They could of released DX11 and aero update for XP, oh wait but that wouldn't earn them more $$ as apposed to getting dollars from suckers who pay for every new Windows iteration.


No...

Microsoft's aim isn't to "scam" people with newer versions of the Operating System, but to improve on what the work that they have carried out in previous versions and move with the world of technology. Like every other company out there, they need to stay current or else they could see themselves being phased out by major competitors.

If they stuck with Windows XP for all this time then that would have certainly happened.

In terms of DX11 and Aero support, Windows XP is now a 10 year old platform, it's driver model, API set and core architecture are simply not capable of such things. Even back as far as 5 years ago Windows XP still wasn't capable of DX10 and the various API sets introduced into Windows Vista, from an architectural standpoint it’s physically impossible.

I can actually tell you right now that NOBODY within Microsoft actually wants to continue work on Windows XP now apart from the security teams which have to keep the OS patched, but that's about it. Things have come a long way from 2001, especially the security, and today Windows XP just can't stand its ground to modern versions of Windows when it comes to security.

Yes businesses will continue to use Windows XP for some time but I think Windows 7 was gradually get more popular over time. Unlike in a home scenario rolling out Windows to hundreds if not thousands of machines on a corporate network is a huge task that involves a considerable amount of planning and testing.

However, with that being said there are ways in which you can make the process of a rollout more streamlined and less obstructive to users. Such as gradual rollout on some machines over a period of time.

We currently have a mix of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 systems. The Vista machines are being hardware/software assessed and will be upgraded to Windows 7, whilst new systems have already been ordered to replace the older ones still running XP. Some XP machines are capable of running Windows 7 though.
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No...

Microsoft's aim isn't to "scam" people with newer versions of the Operating System, but to improve on what the work that they have carried out in previous versions and move with the world of technology.

Umm.... it's Microsoft's goal to turn a profit. When sales of a specific OS start to slow down and reaches a saturation point, it's their duty to their shareholders to come up with something new and clever that they can release so all those people who bought their OS a few years back will be compelled to upgrade again.

Microsoft could have stopped at W2K, and provided upgrades and updates and most of the world would be no worse off. Except, that's not how the tech sector works. It needs to keep reinventing itself so it can continue to make and sell product.

It's a vicious cycle perpetrated by the industry itself so it may continue to prosper.

Apparently, they've brainwashed you to believe their mantra. Good for them. It keeps them in business. The people who say "vista sucks but W7 is great" fall into this category as well.
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Every business I know of is currently planning to move to 7, the university I'm at is about to roll it out (About damn time too), XP won't be above 50% in 2 years time, I bet.
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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.

Yeah, it really depends on the IT department and company budget to do a transition.
It's not that they don't want it, it's more of a hassle for them to do it.
They'll get around to it when they do. Also many old programs like CRMs run on XP.
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XP will live forever.
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Hell, my company's servers are all on Windows 2000 Server Ed., with the personal PCs being on XP. I don't see us moving until Microsoft stops supporting those OS's.
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