07.14.09

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New Surveys Confirm: Vista 7 Will Fail in the Market

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Vista, Vista 7, Windows at 8:48 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Mad Windows 7

Summary: New surveys of companies and CIOs show that Vista 7 is poorly received by businesses, even before arrival

SOME months ago we wrote about the high rejection rate of Vista 7 (83% of businesses not to deploy it in 2010). This older survey is now supported by a couple more that are new. The first is being covered by the Inquirer:

Six out of ten firms will skip Windows 7

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The firm asked some 1,000 companies about the Windows 7 operating system set for release this year, and found that six in ten have no intention of upgrading to it. If one thousand responses sounds high to you bear in mind that the firm sent out some 20,000 of the time-sucking surveys.

Silicon.com conducted a CIOs survey and reached similar conclusions.

Despite its imminent release, Windows 7 isn’t likely to hit business desktops any time soon.

A recent silicon.com CIO Jury found that many IT chiefs are putting off the migration to Windows 7 until at least 2011 but it’s clear from their comments that this isn’t a rejection of the new OS, but more a question of priorities.

This is why Microsoft is so terribly nervous at the moment and it will sooner or later commission (i.e. pay for) IDC to show the opposite. It usually works this way.

John Dvorak, a pundit who moved to GNU/Linux some months ago, has nothing good to say about Vista 7 in his latest column. He hasn't much hope for Microsoft.

The subtractive approach that Microsoft is using generates plenty of ill will. Someone buys Windows 7 and expects it to have a feature. But no, you got the wrong version. XP-compatibility, for example, does not exist on many versions. This would be a crucial thing to have, especially on the cheaper versions, since people on a budget are more likely to be running old code. So Microsoft has to field support calls about this and people get irked.

The company should pull the plug on this entire scheme ASAP. It was the reason Vista failed. It generates ill-will. It generates suspicion. And it’s stupid. Stop doing it Microsoft!

Don’t stop doing it, Microsoft!

Microsoft is helping GNU/Linux with its own missteps.

“My initial evaluation of Windows 7 shows that it’s really just Vista with a fresh coat of paint.”

Randall Kennedy

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8 Comments

  1. eet said,

    July 14, 2009 at 9:16 am

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    I am _really_ missing the option to rate this ‘article’ with zero stars!

  2. David Gerard said,

    July 14, 2009 at 10:01 am

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    Microsoft extends XP downgrade option to 2101

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    I was going to suggest that “2101″ is a typo, but then I realised that the bigger ‘typo’ is the word “downgrade”. Ain’t that an “upgrade”?

    David Gerard Reply:

    It’s a story from 2099, announcing the fifty-sixth extension of XP availability.

  3. Yggdrasil said,

    July 14, 2009 at 5:40 pm

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    Odd, isn’t it? You say Dvorak has become a pundit for GNU/Linux, yet not once in his recent critique of Microsoft did he try and convince anyone to switch over to Linux.

    Jose_X Reply:

    I’ve noticed he has soften his stance on Linux (or Ubuntu) quite a bit. At least two articles I noticed I think this year that spoke positively about Linux (or Ubuntu) while not as positively about Windows.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    He mailed me back to say he’ll write positive things about GNU/Linux in the future.

  4. Jose_X said,

    July 16, 2009 at 8:04 pm

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    Jonathan Wong brought up some criticism, eg, here: http://boycottnovell.com/2009/07/16/msbbc-daemonises-the-eu/comment-page-1/#comment-70069

    I replied generally to that thread here: http://boycottnovell.com/2009/07/16/msbbc-daemonises-the-eu/comment-page-1/#comment-70152

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