Egad! It’s a tough, tough business serving the needs of the enterprise desktop. As I read this recent story (October 20) in ComputerWorld (CW) this morning entitled “Windows 7 is on a (slow) roll,” my jaw kept dropping further and further throughout. By the time I had finished reading, it had nearly reached the floor. Here’s the deal:
- Despite plans that called for Pella Corporation to upgrade half of its 5,000 desktops to Windows 7 by the end of 2010, with the rest to follow by the end of 2011, as of October 2011, the company had upgraded only 1,800 PCs. The remainder are still running Windows XP.
- A September CW poll of its readers revealed that while 88 percent of organizations say a movement to Windows 7 has begun or is in the planning stages, 82% of those same respondents say they’re also still running Windows XP, while 73% admit to running Windows 7 as well. Only 55% expect to transition to Windows 7 by the end of 2012, 34% will move over before MS brings XP support to an end in April 2014, and an astonishing 11% says they’ll keep running XP on production machines even after that date!
- Even Microsoft says that only one in four enterprises runs Windows 7 today, though CW also attributes MS Senior Director Erwin Visser (for the MS Client Commercial Group) as saying “…enterprise adoptions is growing fast.”
Here’s the chart that tells an interesting story, as of September 2011:
The CW story concludes by offering a sluggish economy, or shrinking markets, as the primary reason for the delay. Pella, in particular, is subject to a weak housing industry and has extended its usual PC refresh cycles from 3.5 to 5 years. Other enterprises have their own specific tales of woe, but all are subject to the foibles of a weak economy.