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Windows 7: Why I'm in No Rush to Adopt

Windows 7: Why I'm in No Rush to Adopt

Lost trust with CIOs may see a long wait for Microsoft

Vista Bad Vibes Still Linger

Cost is not the main deterrent for Windows 7 for Paul Financial. CIO Smetana, whose staff serves 250 users, notes that the new look and feel of Windows 7 is actually a liability, and is causing a reluctance to adopt among his users and clients.

"While nearly everyone concedes that if they were coming into Windows for the first time, Vista or Windows 7 would be easier to learn than XP/2000. But since everyone has experience with the older variants, they don't see any great tangible benefit," Smetana says.

For example, his efforts to get users to migrate to Office 2007 have been a struggle. "Cost isn't an issue, it's that Excel and Access are so radically different in appearance and people are having a tough time transitioning."

Smetana blames the reluctance to move to Windows 7 more on negative perceptions of Vista than constrained budgets.

"It will take a lot of really good press on Windows 7 before there's much interest from my clients and users to migrate, and only if I'm able to demonstrate an easy upgrade from XP to 7 and show tangible features and performance increase. No degradation in performance is acceptable."

Smetana admits that he is attracted to features in Vista and Windows 7, but that his hands are tied on forcing an upgrade from the safe, reliable XP, which is the biggest thorn in Microsoft's side as it prepares to ship Windows 7 before the holidays.

"There are certainly some features in Vista and 7 that I'd like to adopt from an administrative perspective, but I don't dare force anyone's hand in migrating off of XP," he says.

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