As someone who writes about technology for a living, I pretty much have to use the latest version of all of the software that I write about. As such, it is easy to forget that there are people out there who do not always keep their systems up to date.
Yesterday I got a phone call from an old friend who is a business owner, but who is not involved in the IT industry. He had been seeing all of the Windows 7 commercials on TV, and wanted to know what I thought about it. After giving him my honest critique of the new operating system, he asked me a question that just floored me. The question was “Is it better than Windows 98”.
Obviously, WIndows 98 has worked well for my friend, or he wouldn’t have continued to use it for all this time. I shudder to even think about what the migration process is going to be like though. I guarantee that Microsoft doesn’t have a Windows 98 to Windows 7 migration path documented on the Internet anywhere. I just can’t help but wonder if there are other organizations who are still running pre-Windows XP operating systems and have decided that this is the time to upgrade.