Linked by David Adams on Mon 17th Oct 2011 17:29 UTC, submitted by Debjit
Windows Well, its not official yet, but Microsoft's Windows 7 has now become the most widely used operating system. . . Windows 7 now has a strong 40.21% share of all desktop operating systems around the world whereas, the usage share of Windows XP has slipped to 38.64%. All this happened a couple of days back (in October). The rise in usage of Windows 7 and the drop in usage of Windows XP has been consistent since the time Windows 7 was first launched.
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weeee
by TechGeek on Mon 17th Oct 2011 20:29 UTC
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2006-01-14

almost in time for Windows 8 to come out. Our ITS department still does not officially support Windows 7 on our campus. They are targeting late spring.....useless.

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RE: weeee
by tidux on Mon 17th Oct 2011 20:41 in reply to "weeee"
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2011-08-13

I think IT departments got spoiled rotten by a decade of XP and IE6 - they could go as slowly as they wanted without worrying about compatibility with the latest and greatest software, or security patches. I'm personally glad that Windows is back to a fast release schedule, since that will force IT to work faster or get left behind.

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by laffer1 on Mon 17th Oct 2011 20:52 in reply to "RE: weeee"
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2007-11-09

It really depends on the environment. It's not just a matter of slapping Windows 7 on a system and handing it to a user. That will work in small shops, but in enterprise environments they have to actually test software compatibility, but updated licensed for any software that no longer runs on the latest version of windows, etc. Plus, some types of businesses are heavily regulated with respect to computing environments. Drug companies come to mind.

I don't like IT dragging their feet either, but it's not always their fault. Sometimes it's even developers or management. How many internal web apps are IE6 specific still? Developers (or management) are at fault for that. (I am a programmer for a living now, but used to be in IT)

I think the change in numbers has more to do with many people waiting 5 years to upgrade their computers. Most of these people intentionally skipped Vista. Still others bought a cheap netbook with xp on it and found it to be really slow and useless after a year or two.

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by Nico57 on Tue 18th Oct 2011 01:20 in reply to "RE: weeee"
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2006-12-18

Yeah, who wants a stable and reliable work computer anyway ?
We need 3D desktops running circles around us, we need skins everywhere so that no computer looks like the other, we need overblown apps with tons of plugins and daily updates, with new behaviour and new features and new bugs every next day.
And we need these damn IT people come here whenever we fuck it all up, and get it fixed in record time, because we've got some important work to do, mind you.

Well, no need to beg for it, where there already.

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by zima on Tue 18th Oct 2011 06:53 in reply to "RE: weeee"
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2005-07-06

This one might still turn out to be a decade of Win7... (at least, I wouldn't be too surprised)

But why forcing people into fast upgrades, which often bring debatable practical benefits, would be a good thing? (especially when many tools seem to morph into browser-accessed ones; or, more broadly, OS-agnostic)

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