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15 Oct 2013   #1
A Guy

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Enterprises will snub Microsoft's faster release tempo by sticking...

Enterprises will snub Microsoft's faster release tempo by sticking with Windows 7

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Enterprises will standardize on Windows 7 and Office 2010 and will ignore Microsoft's newer operating system and suite for years, research firm Gartner predicted.

"There's a good chance that enterprises will stay on Windows 7 as long as possible," said Gartner analyst Michael Silver in an interview last week after hosting an hourlong presentation at the firm's annual IT conference in Orlando, Fla.

Silver based his forecast on the tactics he saw available to enterprises as they try to adapt to Microsoft's double-whammy of quickening the pace of Windows releases and shifting to a new user interface (UI), dubbed "Modern" or "Metro," that eschews legacy applications for touch-based, mobile-like "apps."

"In a year or two, there will be another release of Windows 8, [and] that will have another release of IE on it. Meanwhile, the Windows desktop is not changing much ... it's essentially on life support," Silver reasoned.
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16 Oct 2013   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

The advice given in the article is pretty much the path I've already chosen other than I will wait longer to upgrade from Win 7/Office 2010 than the article recommended (but, then, I have fewer computers—two—to deal with than most enterprises).
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16 Oct 2013   #3
Dallas 7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Like many others I'm sure, I used to look forward to M$'s new releases. Unfortunately, Microsoft ruined that with their "one size fits all" W8 brain storm.
Like those "enterprises", I'm going to run W7 till it drops or till M$ gets their heads out of rear ends.
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16 Oct 2013   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Microsoft is telling business to shift to cloud and keep up to date all the time. Business's are telling Microsoft NO.
We want operating system and programs in house so we can decide what and when to update.
One wrong cloud update can shut down a business or cost them a fortune to get thing working properly again.
Business's basically are telling Microsoft they don't trust Microsoft to make those decisions for them. Business's like things to be constant and predictable.

Like my grandpa use to say:
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Don't piss in my back pocket and tell me it's raining.
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16 Oct 2013   #5
jimbo45

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

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Enterprises will snub Microsoft's faster release tempo by sticking with Windows 7

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Enterprises will standardize on Windows 7 and Office 2010 and will ignore Microsoft's newer operating system and suite for years, research firm Gartner predicted.

"There's a good chance that enterprises will stay on Windows 7 as long as possible," said Gartner analyst Michael Silver in an interview last week after hosting an hourlong presentation at the firm's annual IT conference in Orlando, Fla.

Silver based his forecast on the tactics he saw available to enterprises as they try to adapt to Microsoft's double-whammy of quickening the pace of Windows releases and shifting to a new user interface (UI), dubbed "Modern" or "Metro," that eschews legacy applications for touch-based, mobile-like "apps."

"In a year or two, there will be another release of Windows 8, [and] that will have another release of IE on it. Meanwhile, the Windows desktop is not changing much ... it's essentially on life support," Silver reasoned.
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Hi there
If Gartner says that then you can be 100% sure IT WON'T HAPPEN.

Businesses are embracing BYOD's today and this trend will continue -- makes perfect sense too -- saves the mega purchasing every few years or so and also on the number of individual licenses needed etc.

Of course the extra load on I.T depts is not trivial but still infinitely cheaper than mass hardware buying -- and using Datacentres these days is an increasingly growing trend -- with decent virtualisation you could almost give every user THEIR OWN desktop environment - regardless of the front end devices used (in theory at least).

Gartner is so RUBBISH I'm surprised they are even still in existence any more.

In any case most large businesses usually outsource their actual backend hardware so the Cloud issue is largely irrelevant. These business have SLA's with the provider and the Back end (even if it's a Virtual server or a set of virtual servers) is still under the control of the business - unlike a Cloud system.

Applications etc are still (thankfully) kept in house in a lot of instances -- off shoring everything has not proved a mega success - but these can run on wherever the backend hardware s located - even on Planet Jupiter - provided the network is fast enough.

Cheers
jimbo
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16 Oct 2013   #6
DreadStarX

Windows 8 64bit Professional
 
 

This doesn't surprise me at all. Not in the slightest.


I knew, the second Windows 7 / Office 2010 were released, they would be the new standard. The latest version of Office is slick, and neat but monthly/year subscriptions? Fudge that! Windows 8 is fantastic for those who like it, but it is NOT a Business Friendly device. However, businesses, like Clinics or Hospitals, tablets with W8.1 are great.

Though, Microsoft is currently on the path to Destruction. I read an article awhile back from Microsoft, that said they planned to go cloud based by Windows "10", essentially. (Another BAD freaking idea). Anyways. My 2 cents,
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17 Oct 2013   #7
Wrend

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit
 
 

"The cloud" is pretty much just marketing jargon anyway. I have my own in-house "cloud" with effectively limitless storage, secure active monitoring and control, accessibility from anywhere at any time, using Windows 7 computers and mobile devices (with optionally more OS and hardware compatibility and support), for free forever (well, with no additional costs than otherwise, and provided the whole world doesn't get nuked at the same time).

That's just the tip of the iceberg though. The "cloud" isn't on the devices, the devices are on the "cloud" with their own customizable rule-sets and/or templates.

Kind of tough to beat that.

Anyway, yeah, I'm not going to be "upgrading" the systems I'm in charge of to Windows 8+ anytime soon, if ever, I can grantee you that. I couldn't begin to describe the nightmare doing anything else, as it is currently, would be.

As someone of some intelligence once said: Work smarter, not harder.

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17 Oct 2013   #8
Fantail

7 x64 | 7 x64
 
 

Just a little funny but we still have customers / end-users holding onto XP, just now migrating to 7 for the next foreseeable chunk of years. I would say 5% or less moving to 8.
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17 Oct 2013   #9
TanyaC

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

I have 10 PCs here at home, 3 have been "upgraded" to Linux within the last 3 months, the Server will eventually migrate to Linux by mid next year, and the rest...

Maybe Steam's gaming platform, or Linux, but they certainly won't move off Windows 7 to any other M$ product.

All our phones are either Android or IOS. Kids don;t see the need for tablets with their smartphones, ipods and a laptop.

Windows 8 killed Microsoft in this household.

Any I;ve removed Windows 8 from more customer PCs than I;ve installed it on, particularly business customers
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19 Oct 2013   #10
Gornot

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

It's too bad really. And yet I just don't understand how Microsoft made Windows 8 with thoughts of pushing it into the enterprise market.

I have a basic low-spec PC at work with Windows 8; it just sits there doing nothing, it has no internet connection, no software, no Metro apps - it was just a fresh install + Java + security camera monitoring software installed on the desktop... and that's it. We didn't bother with adding anything else. Nobody in their right mind actually uses it for anything else and instead we bring our own Win7 laptops to work.

Yes, Win8 is funky and somewhat cool for individuals and common users, but for businesses? Hell no!
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