74% of Enterprise PCs Are Still Running Win XP

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deadly4u

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Where I work... we are upgrading our old ass infrastructure to another system that still has XP. The main reason is because 90% of the web applications DIE INSTANTLY or fail with certain components on anything higher than Internet Explorer 6. There are a TON of other XP Legacy programs too.

Upgrading to Windows 7 would also exceed the capabilities of 40-50% of the equipment in use. It is also 100% incompatible with the Novell system we use.
 

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Of course it does. Because most enterprise applications don't work under Vista or Seven. The backwards compatibility is horrendous. It will be a looooong time before most enterprise customers abandon XP. Where I work, we're slowly phasing out all our Windows servers, in favor of more cost effective Linux and UNIX solutions. I imagine its only a matter of time before we start looking at doing the same with the desktops as well. Desktop Linux or OSX makes a LOT of sense when all your servers are running Linux or UNIX too...
 

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I know I can't have Windows 7 at my new job because of applications that I need will not work with the new OS *cough*Cisco*cough*.
 

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Yeah were I work we have the same problem with old applications not working on anything higer than explorer 6. Also we have lots and lots of old app (even Dos,fox pro applications) in use which barely run right under XP though all of our PC's are windows 7 ready. There is a slow push to try to move to newest version we only phased out 99% of our windows 2k PC's last month (at least in my area with about 8-10k PC's) but our enterprise is about 200k+ PC's. Most of the hold up is departments with out enough money to buy newest version of there apps and since they (bussiness departments) pay for IT they are the one who say when we can what we can do.
 

iam2thecrowe

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this is no surprise. For a work place to update all their PC's to windows 7 may mean updating all hardware, peripherals and software, migrating data across to the new system etc. Put simply its a pain in the ass and will cost big $$. For most companies there is no reason to go to win7 until they stop supporting XP.
 

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There are major companies still using Windows 2000. Most IT departments are very conservative with software procurement and in the current economic climate don't expect major expenditures.

IE6 must die but a lot of enterprises have reduced staff and don't have the developers available to retool badly-written legacy applications. Hopefully they learn from this and in the future follow proper HTML standards and avoid garbage like ActiveX.
 

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Application compatibility, low-end hardware, and the fact that the deployment tools for 7, well, blow, are the main reasons for lack of adoption in the corporate world.
 

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[citation][nom]redgarl[/nom]Sad in a way. There is no real reason to use XP and microsoft office 2003 when you got Unbutu and Open Office.[/citation]

Except for the fact that 95+% of the software on the market will not run under Linux, few Tier 1 OEM's supply Linux boxes, then there's he cost of training people on a new system, etc...
 
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I think 74% of businesses believe that there is no reason to upgrade when their license is fully operational. So far, there has been no compelling reason, for most businesses, to be an early adopter in the OS market. And, yes there is a lot of truth to the explorer software issue. Businesses will be herded into a new operating system when the market forces them to do so.
 

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Hail to this last statement!

In my company there's no way we're moving 2k PCs to win 7 when they are crappy dell desktops! It just WONT work!
 

eddieroolz

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Unbelievable. Despite all those findings in researches about enterprises' intentions to move onto Windows 7 soon, it seems like all that were simply empty promises.

Perhaps its time to move on with technology, eh, enterprises? Sure, your programs might stop working, but that's when you find an alternative, or get a more updated, capable version coded for you.
 

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I reckon there should be more IBM iSeries and HATS integration. Only use specialised software on a independent platform with web capabilities so that OSes can be upgraded without too much pain.

At our business, 3 IT people (including myself) manage 600 employees. Using Apple OS X does help as much as I don't want to admit.

Now if Telstra was as reliable and we weren't working on our next inhouse software, we would be busy trying to look busy.
 

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[citation][nom]extremepcs[/nom]Except for the fact that 95+% of the software on the market will not run under Linux, few Tier 1 OEM's supply Linux boxes, then there's he cost of training people on a new system, etc...[/citation]
Hmmm recoding your software, buying new hardware, and retraining your staff. How is that any different from migrating to Windows 7?
 

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They should sell each system with the XP for $100 less, it only costs $100 to get Windows 7 Home Premium (OEM version).
 

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[citation][nom]guid_aaa000001[/nom]What's the percentage of people still using Windows 98 (any idea?)[/citation]
I'm pretty sure it's limited to my 9th grade architecture/design teacher.
 

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Well, if it ain't broken, why fix it. WinXP is working all right on my work PC. Although I would like to try out Win7 for free, there just isn't that urgent to upgrade to win7 at work.
 

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I haven't worked in the IT sector for 2 years but I was involved in creating an operating environmnet to migrate from W2K to XP. That was a much bigger headache than anticipated mostly because of legacy programs and periferals. We still had machines interfacing with devices using RS232 ports.. and not just a few. You have to realise how much flow on effect there is when deciding to upgrade your standard operating environmnet. It is far from easy and sometimes, impossible, well, not without literally millions in interface upgrades (if available).
 
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