Gartner reflects on the long time taken by businesses to migrate away from XP. They recommend three alternative strategies to avoid these problems with “7”.
|“Deploy Windows 8 on new PCs as they arrive, thereby phasing Windows 7 out over time as PCs are replaced â€” this may make sense for many organizations.”||This assumes a treadmill model of PC-deployment, a constant stream of new ones replacing old ones. Why? There is no business case to replace anything in business periodically if it’s still working, not chairs, not tables and not PCs. The longevity of XP was partly due to the longevity of the PCs bearing that OS, nearly 8 years. If the OS breaks sooner, change it, not the PC.|
|“Skip Windows 8 and plan to deploy a future version of Windows (perhaps Windows Threshold or even a release after that) to replace Windows 7 â€” we believe most organizations will do this. With this strategy, many will not eliminate Windows 7 before support ends unless they budget extra funding to do so.”||This is exactly what businesses did with XP. Where’s the recommendation to avoid XP-itis?|
|“Deploy Windows 8 on all PCs to eliminate Windows 7 â€” for most organizations, we see little value in doing this, and do not recommend it without a solid business case.”||Exactly! This also means there’s no value in replacing “7” with any future version. Conversely, one can replace XP or “7” with GNU/Linux and be better off forever: less malware, fewer re-re-reboots, no Patch Tuesdays, no stream of cash for licensing, forever, etc.|
No. The correct solution is to just get off the Wintel treadmill. That makes every move in IT make business-sense. Bolstering M$’s business at the expense of your own makes no sense.