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Tuesday, 13 July 2010 12:57

Microsoft admits 74 per cent of businesses still use XP

Written by Nick Farell

Windows 7 is only for new sales

Corporate VP of Windows, Tammi Reller, admitted that nearly three quarters, or 74 percent, of business PCs are still using Windows XP.

Even if the OS has been out to pasture for three years, many companies have refused to upgrade either hardware or software. The average age of a work PC is 4.4 years which is older than ever. Windows 7 addressed many outstanding complaints that left companies skipping Vista.

Home users have been more willing to upgrade to the OS and have bought more than 150 million Windows 7 licenses. Microsoft expects to have sold 350 million licenses by the end of 2010.

Microsoft's problems have not been so much the OS but the fact that businesses do not want to waste money upgrading PCs any more. Many put sales of PCs on hold until after the recession and will have to start buying soon. When they do it is likely to be Windows 7. Microsoft must be hoping that time comes soon.

More here.

Nick Farell

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+3 #1 yourma2000 2010-07-13 15:18
The problem is that business use an "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" approach to save money and there's probably not alot M$ can do about that, but I've found productivity in Windows 7 is much better compared to XP when doing college work. The window dragging features and easy tab previews/switching make it so much more pleasant when doing essays and assignments due to the daunting task of [censored]ing around in XP resizing open windows. Little things like side by side window dragging, internet tabs and 3d window switching make life so much easier and things get done a lot quicker, if only companies realised the benifits of using the OS over XP
+4 #2 Terry2776 2010-07-14 03:52
I am a network administrator for a major company and I love Windows 7, it is the best thing since XP and I think it will be great for our users. The problem is our company doesn't want to let go of the web apps that only work correctly in IE6. Currently Microsoft allows us to buy from Dell and install Windows XP on a Windows 7 license but after April 2011 we cannot do that anymore legally so the clock is ticking for many companies!
+1 #3 Quartz 2010-07-14 09:57
One of my clients only switched from NT to XP in 2006/2007.
0 #4 blandead 2010-07-14 16:17
I work at an IT environment an even when we buy new PCs with Windows 7 installed on them, guess what happens to them? Wiped to put XP on. I'm so sick of XP... Windows 7 is better in every aspect IMO. So even new sales won't help Windows 7 get integrated into businesses they just wipe it out anyways. Microsoft just really needs to drop support and patches for it. It's time to move on
-1 #5 Bl0bb3r 2010-07-14 18:40
Complete EOL is in 2014, unfortunately...

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