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It has been known for a little while now that Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 7, will be released to the computer makers to install as the machine OS for the computers they are getting ready to sell in late July. Then later in the Fall (OCT 22nd), it will be available to the public for purchase. This is welcome news for many who were not as successful with Vista and are quite tired of Windows XP.

I was definitely in that camp. I have a lot of computers that I run at home and they were all Windows XP – all but one machine. That machine was a Vista box that I used for my writing, but it really was limited to that. I tried many times to switch completely to Vista, but in all the times I tried – I failed for one reason or another. Whether it was performance or issues with my VPN software for work – I just couldn’t make the change. Windows 7 has been a complete breadth of fresh air! It is a wonderful operating system. It is fast, and is now running without incident on all my computers. I have said goodbye to Windows XP.

It was recently reported in the press that big business would be waiting till the next release (after Windows 7) till they do the big upgrade of their users from Windows XP to Windows 7. The stat given in the press that it was something like 60% or more said that they would wait for the next release of the OS.

I have to say that I find this to be not so accurate. I don’t think that will be the case myself. I really question that stat. I DO think that many companies aren’t going to rush to change all their users from Windows XP to Windows 7 because of the huge issues that Microsoft and the community had with Windows Vista. And because of these issues, I do believe that companies will wait a bit to see how the reaction in the community is with the latest OS release. They will wait to see which software in the community has issues running on Windows 7, what the main issues are, which security issues come to light, and more. Some companies may flat-out wait till a service pack for the OS is released before they make the move. I can see this conservative move to wait to see how things pan out – but a reaction to wait to the next OS? Come on. That won’t happen.

I do believe that the companies that stay on Windows XP and Office 2003 will be at a competitive disadvantage to their competitors that make the upgrade. I was a strong user of these older technologies and I am now a strong user of the next generation of these technologies (Windows 7 and Office 2007) and I do have to say that I am a lot more productive, quick, and on top of my workload using these new stars. There was a slight learning curve in moving from XP and Office 2003 to the new world of Windows 7 and Office 2007 (soon 2010), though I have to say that it was an exciting lessen and brought a new level of enthusiasm in looking at your work world in a new way – a better way to communicate your messages and ideas and a quicker way to organize your applications and tasks. Really, the companies that don’t make the move in the next year are going to be at risk of entering a stagnant plane of thought within their organization.

The new OS and Office suite will bring the new energy your firm needs. I highly recommend the move.

Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 11:11 AM | Back to top


Comments on this post: Your company won’t be as competitive staying on Windows XP

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Sorry, you haven't convinced me :-) This reads like marketing speak. Please provide some hard facts about how Windows 7 and Office 2010 make you "more productive, quick, and on top of my workload".
Left by Charlie Fowler on Jul 23, 2009 6:57 AM

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Office 2008?!?
Left by nts on Jul 23, 2009 9:09 AM

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Boy --- fixed that 2008 to 2007 ---- getting ahead of myself ;)
Left by Bill Evjen on Jul 23, 2009 9:02 PM

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"... quite tired of Windows XP"? What exactly does this mean?

An OS is just a tool, pretty much like a car. I would buy a new car when the old one is starting to cost too much to drive, or when the new models offer better safety features or much better comfort. Not when I "get tired of the old one".

If you suggest anything else I will have to agree with Charlie, this is nothing but marketing spiel.
Left by ogrig on Jul 23, 2009 9:10 PM

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What do you mean? Software progresses. Speed and workflows and new workflows evolve. XP was more than 10 years old while the rest of the world was evolving their UIs (Apple, Ubuntu, etc).

Vista was definitely in the right direction, but it was FULL of issues that I just couldn't deal with and left me on XP.

Windows 7 is basically (to me) Vista done right. From the search capabilities (no more Start --> All Programs --> 'Where is that program?' to a better and more manageable taskbar. Gadgets, way way way better driver support than XP. If I put a new XP image on this computer I have, XP has a tough time finding all the drivers - Vista did also - but Windows 7 finds everything. I don't have to install any drivers or put on any discs - I haven't yet installed anything yet that Win7 hasn't found the drivers for. The driver update capabilities that it does for you. The way it was designed to work with the new low-RAM netbooks means that it runs beautifully with little system resources and has provided some old machines that I have a second life. It is now so easy to connect to other machines on the network and expose out your documents, files, music - completely dummy proof. The list goes on and on.

Correct - I should have put this list in the original post - but it was just a general statement - not marketing. You are talking to a person that literally hated Vista and I tried to move to it 3 or 4 times. I LOVE Windows 7. Microsoft obviously had to get this right and they did.
Left by Bill Evjen on Jul 24, 2009 7:37 AM

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I plan to stay on the XP. However, I may rethink it after reading this article. Thanks.
Left by Hamming on Aug 19, 2009 9:58 PM

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I have heard various discussions, and am not quite clear. Is it really true that there is no upgrade from XP to Windows 7? I have seen claims that you have to clean-install Windows 7 and re-install all of your apps! This will make people even MORE inclined to stay on old creaky XP...
Left by Jim G on Oct 06, 2009 12:56 AM

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So far win7 seems to be going over well. After almost 8 years of xp I retired mine. Mostly because my xp computer was getting old, has a single core cpu, and very little ram compared to today's standards. So far I am very pleased with it. I think many others including businesses will do the same. There computers are just starting to lag behind in speed, memory, software, and technology in general.
Left by Boonex on Nov 12, 2009 8:25 PM

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