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Six in 10 companies Surveyed plan to skip Windows 7

Six in 10 companies in a survey plan to skip the purchase of Microsoft Corp's Windows 7 computer operating system, many of them to pinch pennies and others over concern about compatibility with their existing applications.

Windows 7 will be released October 22, but has already garnered good reviews, in contrast to its disappointing current version, Windows Vista.

Many of the more than 1,000 companies that responded to a survey by ScriptLogic Corp say they have economized by cutting back on software updates and lack the resources to deploy Microsoft's latest offering.

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Natsu X FairyTail3601d ago (Edited 3601d ago )

They Finna Keep Using XP or Vista because we're in a Recession and the new Windows OS cost a Whole lot of Pennies! what was it like again? 300bucks or sumthing?

not cool.

Godmars2903601d ago

Even discounting for volume, its anything but pocket change.

Then there's the matter of Window 7 being put out because Vista was not only broken, but aimed more at the consumer rather than corporate market.

UnwanteDreamz3600d ago

Sure alot has to do with the economy but there is this simple truth. There isn't an IT department in the world, worth their salt, that would update until the first service pack was released.

Ask around.....

gamesR4fun3600d ago

a lot of big companies use xp cause they know it their it can get it to do what they need n its relatively secure. Im only surprised that 4 out of 10 are considering switching.

Bnet3433600d ago

We're in a recession so it's understandable.

a_squirrel3600d ago

Windows 7 SHOULD have been Vista

Would've been better

Sarick3600d ago (Edited 3600d ago )

"1.1 -
its not 300 bucks.

http://store.microsoft.com/... "

Basically what you showed where UPGRADES for $120 $200 and $220. So what are the cost for the retail versions, not the OEM versions either because those aren't supported by MS and limited to one PC hardware.

Yea upgrades mean you forfeit your previous OS license & OEM means the OS once installed on a PC isn't licensed to be transferred to another. Also the manufacture that installed and OEM version is supposed to give tech support. This means if you install an OEM version you can't legally move it to a new computer if the original ones motherboard fries. It also means if the software messes up you have no support because you installed it not an OEM manufacture.

So is it really cheap. Nope, you get what you pay for.

The OP probably means the cost for retail versions not I OEM or upgrades.

Christopher3600d ago

SOP w/our IT company is to wait for SP1 and then review for purchase. It's a smart decision and prevents a lot of headaches in the short and long run.

EXCLUSIVEGAMER3600d ago

why would they buy 7? especially not after vista

t0rr3nt$ are an i.t. guy's candy store

Nihilism3599d ago

i bought vista ultimate for $284....and that was only the oem one, the retail was like $400 ( australia sucks everything costs half a weeks wage....hyperbole included), ME:"i'll have a medium quarter pounder meal please"

MACCAS SLUT: "that'll be $67 thanks"

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Marty83703600d ago

Once burnt never forgot. Vista f#cked up all Microsoft future OS plans.

Free upgrades all round is whats needed.

Defectiv3_Detectiv33600d ago

Well, we all know its not because of Google's new os.

KionicWarlord2223600d ago

Vista is great and always will.

It will continue to be supported after windows 7 comes out with updates.

Only thing Microsoft skimped on was vista taking a lot of ram usage.

Azures3600d ago (Edited 3600d ago )

The upgrade will happen. Windows 7 is completely superior and will be probably integrated into new PCs rather than Vista. I, as an IT professional, will definately include 7 with any new machines ordered. The Release Candidate (and now in production for Retail distribution) is pretty much flawless.

Upgrading servers to 2008 also!

7 will probably last a long while, the same way WinXP has. Microsoft hasn't started their media blitz for 7 yet, but once its more public knowledge about how superior it is, people will be more inclined to purchase it.

UnwanteDreamz3600d ago (Edited 3600d ago )

You may be in IT but no IT professional ever got to make these decisions on their own at least not where the allocation of money for such an update is concerned. Pure and simple truth is most will not update for a while for 2 or 3 obvious reasons.

Azures3600d ago (Edited 3600d ago )

Yea, that's why I said any machines I have to order with the option will be with 7. Learn to read, never did I say I was gonna try and go out of the way to purchase volume licensing for our older ones.

Server 2008 is an upgrade that already underway, each server at a time.

lokiroo4203600d ago

Once the media bltiz happens with 7, people are going to be pissed, many dont even know about it.

Jockamo3600d ago

CFOs always follow what the IT department asks for. They don't know sh!t about computers and if the head of their IT department says they need new software, they're bound to give funding.

I worked in IT for two large firms before getting sick of it.

Azures3600d ago (Edited 3600d ago )

It's not a relatively large business and I'm not the architect for it all anyways. Just a Server Admin, day to day guy.

You can get sick of it? It's easy as hell. Most of the time I can just play WoW at work no problem lol.

joydestroy3600d ago (Edited 3600d ago )

i got the Premium upgrade for 50 bucks thanks to that sweet deal that ran until the 11th.
now i'll sit back and wait, watch, and listen to reviews and etc about which build is actually the most stable before actually installing it. may even wait until SP1 is released for Win7.

EDIT: @below, thanks for the short review haha. i'm looking forward to getting it in the mail. i never touched Vista so i'll have the pleasure of skipping right over that crap.

Azures3600d ago

Windows 7 Release Candidate, which is pretty much exactly what the retail distribution copy will be like, is AWESOME.

Awesome.

Been using it for a while, it far outperforms Vista in every aspect and is rock solid.

UnwanteDreamz3600d ago (Edited 3600d ago )

I can read, you mistook my comment. I agree windows 7 will be huge in the longterm. I just meant that it wont be anything that happens overnight.

@Jockamo

I work for a global company and need no explination on how it works. Tell me Sir, would you tell the CFO that he needed windows 7 this year? If you would I can't imagine you being in any position like the head of the department. I admit I my comment really had little to do with my point. Your right that CFOs look to IT to tell them what they need but you don't spend that kind of money without sound reasons. Well if you want to stay the CFO you don't.

I don't think most IT departments will feel the need to upgrade right now.

Jockamo3600d ago (Edited 3600d ago )

well every company is different. i work for a non-profit now and honestly, their needs could be met with XP for a while.

when I worked for a securities firm, though, they wanted all the newest software as soon as it was tested. so they'd mail me to Chicago to survey the the latest software and I'd get a steak and a free hotel for a few days.

nothing will get approved without extensive testing/eval by the IT. I do know that they are having a hell of a time with vista and it's no secret that they want to get rid of it as soon as they see it as a financially viable option.

anyway, every company is different and has different needs. i, for one, am glad to be working XP at my current job. vista was a pain in the ass.

would I ask my CFO to switch over to 7? not at my current gig, but in my last one, I certainly would bring it up at the next meeting.

Would I ask for an immediate changeover...that's really an invalid question, since such an investment would need research, which honestly, the steaks in chicago and the steaks where I live are preeeetty much the same...

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spongeboob3600d ago

Finally, the industry is fighting back, i love it. Microsoft has become arrogant and hopefully this will be a wake up call for them to step up their quality.

Mr_iClu7ch3600d ago

Windows 7 is Amazing for Work and a GREAT SO so its normal that people will pay to skip.

i will.

Cant wait to see Google SO in action to :)

kaveti66163600d ago

It's OS (operating system), not SO.

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