CEO of Microsoft Corporation, Steve Ballmer, has warned companies to upgrade from Windows XP, or else they will face anger from employees. The reason for this is because, according to Steve, "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".
Many of you know that many companies chose to stick on Windows XP when Vista was released, due to poor driver support on Vista, and the fact that XP did everything they needed. However, PC World states that 31 percent of IT decision-makers said they are beginning the switch to Windows Vista. Never-the-less, Ballmer admitted that compatibility issues have hindered Vista's progress.
Windows Vista is now at SP1, with SP2 on the horizon, but it seems a strange time for Ballmer to urge companies to switch to it now that Windows 7 isn't far away. Additionally, with the news that Microsoft is offering discounts for upgrades from XP to 7, it seems a rather poor time to upgrade.
Ballmer also said, "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".
What do you guys think? Upgrade from XP now to keep employees happy, or wait it out until Windows 7?