Windows XP Still Used by 74-Percent of Businesses
Windows 7 is selling faster than any version of Windows before it, but those numbers appear not to be driven by businesses. Instead, large companies have shied away from upgrading, potentially scared off by the costs of buying new hardware or training IT workers. Rather than pushing customers to embrace the new, Microsoft continues to placate the reluctant masses, offering a downgrade option for businesses who buy new PCs loaded with Windows 7. The downgrade will continue to be supported until the next version of Windows drops. That means that some companies could, conceivably, punish employees by sticking them with a 20-year-old operating system, since the Professional edition is currently scheduled to terminate in January of 2020.
We don't expect this to be an issue for much longer, since Microsoft launched the public beta of Windows 7 SP1 on Monday. With the first major update to the OS in the pipeline, many businesses are likely plotting their path to upgrades now. As with XP, and, to a lesser extent, Vista, many large companies wait for the first service pack before undertaking a massive OS upgrade. According to Microsoft, 67-percent of enterprise customers have already begun, or are planning to begin, the migration to Windows 7 within the next six months. While the media may love a good "Microsoft Fails" headline, it's still too early to pass judgment on the fate of the newest Windows sibling. [From: Electronista and Computer World, via: Engadget]