IT Professionals and Windows 7 Upgrades

April 15, 2009

Microsoft Certified Partners Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans has a personal relationship with our Microsoft Business clients and a vested interest in the success of Windows 7. We understand the Vista incompatibility issues for small businesses – some may contend application and driver incompatibility are two main reasons businesses avoided the XP to Vista upgrade. Many allege the worst economic contraction in memory also heavily contributed to the failure of businesses to upgrade to Vista.

As Microsoft specialists, Onsite techs now have three Microsoft desktop operating systems to support, even though Microsoft will end standard support of XP in May. The implication of XP’s obsolescence is businesses can upgrade to Vista, or chance continued use with unsupported XP. Some contend the hassle and expense of a forced upgrade by Microsoft will drive some businesses to use Microsoft substitutes like Linux or Apple.

A recent survey commissioned by KACE, revealed 84% of 1,142 IT professionals surveyed won’t upgrade to Windows 7 in the next year. In addition to the economic woes faced by small businesses in the coming year many are hesitant to adopt a new operating system until the release of the first service pack. About 50% of those surveyed are considering alternatives to Microsoft. This is almost twice as many IT professionals considering a change from Microsoft in a similar survey two years ago. According to the survey, the Apple Mac OS X is the system of choice for replacing Windows PCs.  A large majority of the professionals surveyed, 72%, are more concerned about the hassles and expense associated with the upgrade to Windows 7 than keeping their obsolete XP systems. The primary worry shared by 88% of survey respondents is concern about software compatibility and Windows 7.

Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans hopes Microsoft is aware of these sentiments, in addition to the possible implications of a tight economic climate, when making decisions regarding Windows 7 pricing and release date. If Windows 7 is supposed to fix many of the problems that emerged during the Vista rollout, then one tacit implication of the KACE survey is IT professionals aren’t convinced Windows 7 is ready.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service

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