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Windows 7: Windows 7 powering 21% of corporate desktops; XP still at 60%

18 Jun 2011   #1
A Guy

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Windows 7 powering 21% of corporate desktops; XP still at 60%

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By the end of March 2011, Windows 7 was powering 20.9 percent of corporate PCs, according to a new Forrester Research report, while Windows XP was on 60 percent of business PCs — down from 69 percent a year ago.

Forrester’s report, “Corporate Desktop Operating System And Browser Trends, Q2 2010 To Q2 2011″ included results from Forrester’s analysis of more than 400,000 client PCs at 2,500 companies. The June 16 report includes 12 months of data collected between the start of the second calendar quarter of 2010 through the end of the first calendar quarter of 2011.
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18 Jun 2011   #2
Buddahfan

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What are the odds that the Windows 7 share passes or doesn't pass XP's share at the time that Windows 8 is RTW?
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18 Jun 2011   #3
Zen00

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10:1
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19 Jun 2011   #4
Maccman

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I was always happy with XP but when I went to Vista I didn't know how it worked and the same with 7. If I download things I can't find them. Bring back XP.
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19 Jun 2011   #5
alphanumeric
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I only just retired my last XP PC here at home, and I only did it because that PC finally kicked the bucket. My guess is a lot of companies will likely wait for a technology refresh, new equipment purchase, before moving on. XP was a reliable OS for me. I can count the blue screens I got on all my PC's together on one hand. Its a great OS for an older PC. Windows 7 runs great on older PCs too, but if the PC is already stickered/licensed for XP I can't see spending extra cash for Windows 7. Just my 2 cents.
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19 Jun 2011   #6
Buddahfan

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
I only just retired my last XP PC here at home, and I only did it because that PC finally kicked the bucket. My guess is a lot of companies will likely wait for a technology refresh, new equipment purchase, before moving on. XP was a reliable OS for me. I can count the blue screens I got on all my PC's together on one hand. Its a great OS for an older PC. Windows 7 runs great on older PCs too, but if the PC is already stickered/licensed for XP I can't see spending extra cash for Windows 7. Just my 2 cents.
I liked XP a lot too, but the fact is that it along with IE8, you can't run IE9 on XP, are lot less secure than Windows 7 especially the x64 version of Window 7. Windows 7 IMO also does a lot better job at multi-computer sharing than XP.

I also loved Windows 98 SE which I thought was a lot more stable than XP for a long time.

However, computers being what they are time moves on and significant enhancements continue to be made.

The two biggest problems in upgrading from XP to Windows 7 as I see it are.

1. The hardware cost. A lot of XP based computers just can't handle Windows 7 without some serious compromises in being able to fully utilize its features. For example I was running XP on a Dell Dimension 2400. However the hardware just wouldn't cut if for Windows 7 and the cost to upgrade it assuming that I could find the hardware to do it would have been as much if not more than buying a new Dell computer with Windows 7 x64.

2. The learning curve since Windows 7 is significantly different from XP.
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19 Jun 2011   #7
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

When you consider that a corporation's concern with computers is quite different than a typical home user, and don't care about gaming or other uses where XP might fall short, it is understandable that they don't find sufficient motivation to go to the cost and hassle of upgrading. For some things, XP equals W7.
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19 Jun 2011   #8
IntelCoreI3

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after 8 6 yeras i use XP i can say: XP IS SUCKS!
i use windows 7 and enjoy every day.
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19 Jun 2011   #9
KazeNoKoe23

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maccman View Post
I was always happy with XP but when I went to Vista I didn't know how it worked and the same with 7. If I download things I can't find them. Bring back XP.
Lol no.

Everything moves on. Using a 2001 operating system on modern hardware is plain backwards. XP belongs either in a virtual machine or on legacy hardware.
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20 Jun 2011   #10
PwnFrnzy

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Whats wrong with running Windows XP on today's hardware? People have different preferences, I might just put Windows XP on a 4-core sytem just for the speed and to run old programs without having to go through the "Run in compatibility mode" stuff.
Just because it is old does not mean it shouldn't be used on today's hardware.
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