Ballmer: Stay on Windows XP and You Will Face a Backlash
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is warning IT organizations that they risk provoking an end user backlash if they don't move off the Windows XP operating system.
"If you deploy a four or five-year old operating system today, most people will ask their boss why the heck they don't have the stuff they have at home," the Microsoft CEO said.
In an interview at an event to mark the extension of Microsoft's collaboration with EMC to help IT professionals improve virtualisation, security and content management, Ballmer touched on the progress of Windows 7.
He stressed that its faster performance, longer battery life and simplified security settings will be "a pretty good step forward in terms of what users care about."
For these reasons and others, Ballmer warned that, enterprises that stick with Windows XP too long risk complaints from impatient users who have been using newer computers running Vista and Windows 7 at home.
Microsoft recently revealed that it will move directly from beta 1 of Windows 7 to release candidate, implying a quicker release of the new OS than initially expected. Additionally, Microsoft announced yesterday that it will issue discounted upgrade licenses to customers moving from Windows XP to Windows 7.
Ballmer did say that it is too early in Windows 7's lifespan to "start beating the big drum," but emphasised that ease-of-use is a priority, particularly in "some of the improvements made in Vista on security." This is arguably a reference to the UAC pop-up security feature in Vista that has drawn ire from users for being annoying and inflexible.
In Windows 7, the UAC setting can be controlled by the user. For instance, the user can set UAC for "always notify me" at the most conservative level or "never notify me" if they don't want to use UAC. There are two moderate options in between that will notify users only about certain changes that take place on their computers.
According to a recent report by Forrester, Windows Vista is now powering just fewer than 10 percent of all PCs within enterprises in North America and Europe.
Nevertheless an uptick in Vista use may be on the horizon, as the report also states that 31 percent of IT decision-makers said they are beginning migrations to Windows Vista.
Ballmer admitted that compatibility issues have held Vista back. But he adds that they were a necessary evil in order for Vista to break new ground on security.
"Our enterprise customers basically are pretty happy with what we did with Windows Vista, with one notable exception, which we needed to do to improve security, which was to break compatibility," Ballmer says.
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lol, less than 10% of businesses in american use vista and yet he says that their enterprise customers are happy with vista...
well 10%... 90% didnt see it a viable option
At the company I work for, people complain if they get stuck with a Vista machine. Its so bad that I have heard of people requesting Linux. If Microsoft was still selling XP licenses, everyone would be running it and everyone would be happier.
I can see his point that people are going to want to use the operating system at work that they also use at home. However that OS is and will continue to be XP.
my machine is working fine with a original windows XP. Why i should be forced to use a new OS?
Because was release a free test best version of 7(sins)? Sorry.. but vista does not make any new function that i consider useful.
My time to spend time and money upgrading computer is over.
...sorry for my bad english...
Man my XP has fewer problems and runs fast enuff, M$ are thinking of the $$$'s they have lost on the xbox360 and are trying to recoup in different departments I reckon!!!, stay where you are guys, have you ever listened to anyone else telling you WHAT TO DO?!? lol SCREW EM!
Regards to the XP Masses!
Why we should make our computer act like junk? That's simply no reason to make a downgrade on your pc! Nobody likes to wait for ages to open a file or just Explorer. Oh wait, maybe we have to change to the new W7 beta thing. Beta? From Microsoft??? I'll Pass.
well, it's kinda pathetic, when you have to threaten your customers to buy your new product. you know, normally they should be lining up at 3 o'clock in the morning to buy it.
It's sad, but I think there were quite a few people actually lined up to get vista... What's even sadder is I even considered it... thank goodness I sobered up... I think vista is "ok" on a desktop but atrocious on a laptop... Any laptop without crazy specs is pretty much gasping for life when simple things like copy and paste take like 2 minutes... the downgrade XP process that Lenovo and Dell had... a Godsend!
I've used every windows from 3.1 to windows 7 and I can honestly say the two best by FAR were windows 98SE and windows xp. If windows xp had vistas vast generic driver support then it might be the best windows ever designed to date.
Vista is crap. I've used it for the last 2 years and it's never done anything impressive. The only things I can note about it are how it's noticeably slower then XP, crashes more and is more complicated to do the same tasks as on XP.
However for the most part Vista has been very usable for me, if your willing to set aside the performance loss and have the know how/ be patient with the bugs/crashes.
My college university still runs XP.... so I don't think the sun has set on this OS just yet.