blog Work in the Queensland Government and stuck on a dated desktop PC running Windows XP? Bad news. Your newly appointed whole of government chief information officer Peter Grant is currently considering the case for upgrading the state’s tens of thousands of Windows XP-based desktop PCs, and the prognosis for a Windows 7 fix isn’t good. ZDNet reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“To deal with the XP fleet would cost the Queensland Government more than AU$100 million, according to Grant. But there was no guarantee that he would simply upgrade the systems to Windows 7.”
I feel very confident that government departments and many of the more conservative private sector organisations around Australia are currently facing this very problem. With Windows XP continuing to function as well as it always has, is there really a case to upgrade to Windows 7? To my mind, and no doubt to the mind of everyone else relying on the many advantages of Windows 7, the case appears pretty easy on an individual basis. Windows 7 will deliver many users an instant productivity and software/hardware compatibility boost compared with Windows XP, to say nothing of the administration advantages for those maintaining desktop PC fleets remotely.
But when you’re a large organisation looking at a $100 million bill for the upgrade, and many of those desktop PCs only fulfil basic tasks which won’t really take advantage of Windows 7’s significantly upgraded functionality, the case starts to look a little more difficult. Looks like Microsoft might need to extend that Windows XP support date for another decade or so. It also looks like Gartner’s prediction that most organisations will not upgrade to Windows 8 will be quite accurate.
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