.One analyst's estimate for the total cost of upgrading from XP to Windows 7 explains why the software industry has slowed down.
I think the transition to Windows 7 is going to happen primarily because of the 4GB memory barrier. I think that is going to motivate a lot of organizations. At least in a lot of places where people use their computers for actual intensive work.
I think that will be the biggest difference when compared to the Vista launch. Comparatively, 4GB is the new 2GB, 6GB is the new 4GB and 12GB is the new 8GB.
Not to say they couldn't use XP 64-bit. I use it at home and it works fine. But I am still planning on upgrading to Windows 7 64-bit around the new year. My reasoning is that XP is going to start either being dropped or neglected as far as driver support for new hardware. And having used Windows 7 RTM for the last 2 months (on a different computer), I actually like it a lot. It feels snappier than Vista and some of the new UI changes are really nice.
Last edited by oracleguy; 10-27-2009 at 04:31 PM.
Certainly an interesting article, many valid points. I would like to see a more detailed breakdown of the numbers though. They are probably not far off in the average case, but all I have to speak of with Windows 7 is my own experience thus far, which has been great. I was stuck with Vista for a good 8-10 months when I discovered my laptop does not downgrade to XP due to lack of drivers. After Vista, Windows 7 is a huge breath of fresh air. I went from 32 bit Vista to 64 bit 7, had to re-install applications, but all of my data was kept, had not a single driver issue, networking issues that plagued me in Vista are gone, and the user experience is very much improved.
Nevertheless, I'm a technical user and the organization cost for me upgrading is minimal, when you factor in hardware(in many but not all cases), software costs, IT labor, and staff training, the cost climbs fast. This is actually one of the main selling points for Google Apps, the ability to constantly upgrade instead of packing 6-8 years of upgrades in one punch to non-technical users.
Big corporations may have to upgrade critical software; other than that, all that other stuff the author mentioned is going to be part of a corporation's overhead anyway, whether they are upgrading the workstation OS or not.
Your an individual user that did the work yourself. Look at it from the perspective of an IT department in a medium sized company:
- Hardware upgrades if needed(many companies still use systems built for windows 2k, and early xp systems)
- Software costs (windows 7 itself, plus any other version upgrades needed for office or other products used internally)
- IT time and resources, they don't work for free.
- User Re-training, if the computer doesn't function "EXACTLY" as it did before, most non-technical users go absolutely insane. I once had a support call that someone could not open their excel spreadsheet, the problem? The icon was moved to a different spot on her desktop.
- Down-time for the upgrades for individual users, certain departments have a hard time parting with their systems even for 10 minutes. Any time lost for these people is money lost.
Fumigator is exactly right though, many costs here are something that is to be expected with any major upgrade. As oracleguy mentioned, the Windows 7 upgrade will still be much cheaper than a move to a new platform. In the end, they are eventually going to have to upgrade to something, and Windows 7 64 bit is going to be my bet.
I didn't read the article (subject explains it all really, doesn't it?), but does anyone have an idea how much it would have taken to upgrade from XP to Vista for comparison? Or even 2000 to XP?
my current p4 2.4Ghz, is from 2003 or 04 not sure, but still runs OK. i hope it will live for the next 5 years, and then it will be replaced with new hardware and software. so until 2014 no new hardware for me
As I think you rightly said,
So training would be a worthwhile investment.[*]Down-time for the upgrades for individual users, certain departments have a hard time parting with their systems even for 10 minutes. Any time lost for these people is money lost.