What Others Are Up To…
A report from ChangeWave found that 20% of corporate IT buyers are already bumping up the pace of their PC upgrades… 93% say they are satisfied with Windows 7… 26% say they will spend more on Microsoft products next quarter (up from 16% six months ago, and 10% a year ago).
Migrating to Windows 7 will soon become a necessity as support for Windows XP dwindles… XP is over eight years old now.
As always, first check to be sure your critical applications are certified to run on Windows 7. Always call your software provider or Value Added Reseller to be sure. After a planned switch, test carefully.
The primary reason for switching, according to a senior product manager at KACE (a company that provides Windows 7 migration assistance, and other systems management services) is for security improvements. While critical security updates for XP will likely continue to be released for some time, the wave will gradually swell behind Win7 migration, and newer systems will not offer XP as an option much longer.
Additional motivators for Win7 upgraders, besides security, include improved performance overall and better ability to take advantage of new hardware improvements, especially when compared to XP.
And speaking of hardware, before you make any move, be sure your hardware is up to the task. (Locally in northern Indiana, these guys can help a lot.) As has always been the case, each successive generation in operating systems bumps up the base hardware requirements – not just to take advantage of the new OS, but often, simply to run your applications at all.
The 6 P Principle is at play again: Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance [my thanks to Robert Duvall, in the film, The Great Santini]