Microsoft: We want 70 percent of the enterprise on Windows 7

Microsoft: We want 70 percent of the enterprise on Windows 7

Summary: Is Microsoft's ideal slightly out of reach?

TOPICS: Microsoft

Microsoft is aiming for 70 percent of enterprise PCs to run Windows 7 by the middle of 2013.

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According to The Register, sources close to the technology giant say Redmond HQ wants to make sure the majority of personal computers used by businesses are running Windows 7 by the end of the firm's current fiscal year in June next year.

Microsoft claimed this summer at the company's annual global partner conference that 50 percent of enterprise PCs are currently running the Windows 7 operating system -- but this isn't high enough for the firm.

As all eyes are on Windows 8 after its official launch last week, the effort required to boost Windows 7 deployment may have to take the second seat in the firm's priorities.

One of the publication's sources said that "Microsoft doesn't have a coordinated worldwide effort to get Windows 7 deployed," and when asked how boosting Windows 7 deployment could reach usage levels of 70 percent, Microsoft chose not to comment.

The previous markup of 50 percent is in itself questionable and has faced continual dispute. The figure may include smaller firms, where company-wide deployment of a new operating system isn't such a logistical nightmare, but for large businesses, migration can be a disruptive and painful experience.

One Microsoft partner said there is "no chance" for firms with over 500,000 PCs to migrate before the deadline, saying "It's too hard, and the economy sucks and people aren't throw enough money at it."

One incentive for businesses to migrate is the upcoming end of support for Windows XP, which will finish on 8 April 2014. After this date, customers still using the older operating system will no longer receive updates or security fixes, and if something goes wrong, the only option is to request individual support. An expensive alternative to upgrading, certainly -- but for large firms dealing with application dependency, this still may be the cheaper option.

Topic: Microsoft

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  • A Microsoft Partner does not see that happening

    "One Microsoft partner told us "there's no chance" large enterprise customers – those with 500,000 PCs or more – would migrate more than half of their PCs to Windows 7 by the April 2014 deadline."
  • And The Other 70 Percent On Windows 8

    This is just Microsoft setting aspirational goals for its sales staff. In thee days of cutbacks and financial crisis, giving 100% is no longer enough.. If it can motivate them to give 140%, it could actually meet that target.
  • Microsoft: We want 70 percent of the enterprise on Windows 7

    Not out of reach at all with the proper planning. Since Microsoft Windows XP is soon to be retired the enterprise will upgrade to either Microsoft Windows 7 or Microsoft Windows 8. Proper planning and you could have this done within 6 months. Good for Microsoft for getting the enterprise in gear to upgrade.
    Loverock Davidson-
    • You seem to be ignorant of how long planning takes.

      Planning to move 50 PCs can take two weeks to a month. Carrying out the plan can take another week.

      500,000 pcs can easily burn 6 months in planning alone. And the usual plan is to go department by department, where each department may take a month.

      So unless you have several hundred planners to handle all departments at once (very unlikely) then this gets serialized... and will take a year or more.
      • er...

        It's not like they haven't had enough time to plan. XP's end of extended support deadline has been nown for ages. There really is no excuse to not have a plan in place already.
      • Please read the first sentence

        Please read what I said in the very first sentence.
        Loverock Davidson-
  • Ha!

    Yes, I literally laughed out loud when I read the first sentence. Well we must admire Mr. Ballmer for setting big goals.

    It might help his case if he could illustrate a real-world ROI for these businesses.
  • just a thought

    'One incentive for businesses to migrate is the upcoming end of support for Windows XP, which will finish on 8 April 2014.' The other incentive is to buy windows 7 before it is no longer available.
  • Is Microsoft Conceding?

    I wonder if Microsoft conceding Enterprise will not take to Windows 8?
    I remember while temping IT,was was installing PC that had Vista removed and installing XP. Will the next PC refresh will companies remove Windows 8 and install Windows 7.

    This demonstrates Microsoft influence in the enterprise arena is minimal or in others words big corporation will not be pushed by Microsoft.
  • They're allowed to want that

    The question is what means does MS propose to use to get there.
    John L. Ries
  • They are under Enterprise agreement

    Its not the question of cost for most of the large enterprises, they already have paid for the upgrade through their EA, it is matter of rolling it out to the users.

    If the CIO's are sensible, they should consider moving to Windows 8 directly. It is full compatible with Windows 7, and the learning curve is not really what the bloggers are talking about. A quick 1 minute orientation is all that necessary to bring users upto speed, they can pin the orientation video to the start screen. Users will just enjoy the speed and productivity of the new platform.
    • Agreed...

      Every version of Windows has a learning curve. So does Windows 7 coming from XP, so why not do it once and be good for another decade? And for that matter, you can run Hyper-V copies of XP for your mandatory apps.