Supermarket chain Woolworths is currently trialling
Windows 7 and looking to upgrade its corporate desktops from
Windows XP to the new operating system in 2010, while local software house MYOB has revealed internal migration plans.
"We tested the Release Candidate and were impressed with the
performance and the management capabilities of Windows 7," said a
"We'll need to do a lot more testing and find out if it works
well with our business applications. Woolworths is a very
conservative company, so we're naturally taking a cautious
approach. We are unlikely to do anything until next year."
Accounting software maker MYOB was in the process of
planning a roll-out for the new year across all 800 desktops in its
fleet, a company spokesperson confirmed.
A large proportion of local companies decided against upgrading
from Windows XP to Windows Vista and are prime candidates for
skipping straight to the latest version.
"Many of our clients are still on Windows XP, so we're expecting
to see a big take-up in 2010," said a spokesperson for systems
integrator Dimension Data. "There's lots of activity, people are
running pilots and doing tests, but just about everyone has parked
a full-scale roll-out until 2010.
"A lot of the work we're seeing currently is readying their
desktop management infrastructure before doing the upgrade. In many
cases, that infrastructure hasn't been updated for some time."