IBM and Canonical are working together to provide better desktops at lower costs:
â€œIf a company is a â€˜Windows shop,â€™ at some point it will need to evaluate the significant costs of migrating its base to Microsoftâ€™s next desktop,â€ said Bob Picciano, general manager, IBM Lotus. â€œAmerican businesses have asked for a compelling alternative that can help them free up PC expenses to use for more strategic collaboration and business transformation projects.â€
Maybe this explains the reluctance to go with “7”. It just costs too much for what it delivers. The compelling alternative are cloudy collaboration packages on Ubuntu GNU/Linux thin clients, often on recycled machines or new. That seems a lot like what I have been providing schools for the last 7 years. Eventually business catches up to new/old ideas. Organizations that intend to make money more efficiently using IT should examine the price/performance. If they don’t their competitors will.
I recommend Debian GNU/Linux. It offers performance and flexibility at a very low price.