Businesses stall on Windows 7 upgrade

Summary:Businesses making the switch from Microsoft's Windows XP to Windows 7 operating system has slowed this year, but the potential for upgrade looms

The enterprise upgrade to Windows 7 does not have much momentum so far in 2010, according to new data revealed by Microsoft.

At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 in Washington, DC, on Monday, Microsoft Windows corporate vice president Tammi Reller said that 74 percent of business computers are still running Windows XP. She also said that the average age of the PC is now 4.4 years old, which is the highest number that Microsoft has seen in over a decade.

Naturally, Microsoft spins this as a huge opportunity for the company to make a lot of money by selling copies of Windows 7 to these slow upgraders. Chief executive Steve Ballmer predicted on Monday that Microsoft would sell 350 million copies of Windows 7 licences by the end of 2010.

For more on this story, see 74% of work PCs still run XP, and they're 4.4 years old on

Topics: Windows, Enterprise Software


Jason Hiner is Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the book Follow the Geeks.

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