Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Windows 7 in companies for the forseeable future

Despite Microsoft's ambitions to shorten Windows cycle times, companies show very little interest to keep up with the pace of new Windows versions according to an analysis by Gartner.

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During the last few years, Microsoft has clearly shown that it intends to shorten its product cycles, meaning that new versions of its popular software, such as Windows and Office, will be released very frequently. This has already been demonstrated with the release of Windows 8, only 3 years after Windows 7. The question is though if its customers agree with this fast-paced product cycles.

According to a recent analysis by Gartner, most companies and also government agencies have decided to standardize around Windows 7 and Office 2010. This means that they will show little interest to keep up with Microsoft's new faster pace. Gartner instead suggests the customers to use the 10-year product lifetime and stick to it.

This makes a lot of sense, as starting from Windows 8, the new Modern (Metro) interface as introduced by Microsoft serves little beneficial purposes for professional users. Any company or organization who switches over to such a new environment is bound to have massive loss in productivity as its employees need time to adjust and become familiar with the new environment. In addition, there may also be necessary training involved. Considering that the Modern interface has received massive critique and that Microsoft still is tuning it, it makes more sense to even consider an "upgrade" when the Modern interface has been thoroughly tested and solid.

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