Vast Majority of Big Businesses Still Rocking Windows XP, Claims Browsium

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guntlager

Someone ought to explain to Steven Sinofsky how the real world works. I'm writing this on a Pentium Acer at work running XP Pro. At this moment I've got 17 apps/applets (or duplicates of apps/applets) running. It all works just fine for the laggy cloud-based vendors I'm connected to. Even training videos and the Internet work OK.

Our archaic software vendors have barely have just recently made most of their sites mostly Windows 7 friendly. If I upgrade to Java 7 much of what I do will come to a grinding halt (been there, done that).

And Ballmer wants "Metro, Metro, Metro"? Completely delusional.

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livebriand

All the major companies I know of still use XP. At my school (at least during the last year), they were running Windows 7 on half of the machines (a lot of them are newish Core 2 Duo or i5 machines that came with it, and some are older Pentium D or Dual-Core ones that were upgraded from XP; and there are a bunch of Pentium 4 machines that still run XP). I guess they're downright fast compared to most businesses...

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smartguy05

I'm a sys admin for a medium sized casino and we are still rocking XP on most of our computers. The software we use isn't compatible unless we fork out millions for the new version. It's not worth it. I run 7 as do a few others, but trying to get the average person to not have issues with Windows XP Mode on Windows 7 is not worth the headache.

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SkavenUk

Same here. We have quite a few in-house programs that simply will not work on Win7 without having to get our Dev's to modify them. With other deadlines and projects on the go this isn't a fast process but we're getting there and should be fully over before the support runs out for XP in 2014.

As for Win8 I doubt that will become mainstream for enterprises for many years, if at all depending on how it works out.

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Benjo

The hospital my wife works in still runs XP, whether the machine originally came with it or its a new Core i5 convertible laptop/tablet. She and many of her coworkers are frustrated, but IT claims that the software they use do not have a Windows 7 version yet :S

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Farmboytechie

Same Here: The hospital I work at (St Vincent Health Indiana) is still rocking XP. Any new computers handed out by the administration, that have the Win7 logo, will have XP on them when booted up. You can't install any software (for security reasons) and you constantly are getting "your browser is out of date." when trying to work online.

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crimson49er

my company is just starting to migrate over to windows 7. The costs is crazy. 20k users at $200 a license is $4mil just for the operating system upgrade. now factor in the costs to migrate proprietary software and middle-ware over to new OS's... it's understandable that they are slow to migrate, even to a superior OS like Win 7 from XP.

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jnite

I work on computers and just about every business I've ever been to to work on use XP computers. I actually don't care that they do. It's not a bad OS, though it does easily get infected (most virus cleaning jobs are XP related).

The thing that really bugs me is these computers are also absurdly slow. Not from viruses but terrible hardware. If I'm lucky it will have at least 512MB of RAM and work well enough for me to do what I need, but it's not too unusual to find some with half that. Also the CPU is usually a very slow model.

It really is bewildering to me too. Say what you want about saving money, but the time wasted waiting for these PCs to do anything is worse in my opinion. Not to mention bugs and constant viruses. Which means they are going to have to pay someone to fix them. Losing more time while they are gone.

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mh15216

I like windows 7, I use it and it was a Godsend after Vista, but let's be honest for a minute. There's a difference between "accepting" an operating system and being forced into one through preloading. When windows 8 gets "adopted" as an operating system it will be less by choice and more by the fact that they'll stop producing windows 7 and companies will stop preloading windows 7 and start preloading windows 8 onto their new craputers.

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USraging

you have to also consider the cost involved with large companies. It does not make too much since to upgrade systems all the time unless that upgrade poses a benefit to the company. When my company upgraded i went from running xp on a p4 system to win7 on i3. This upgrade increased my productivity so it made so much since. no more waiting for applications to load also having 2GB of ddr3 instead of 512MB of ddr2 helped also:P.

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chart2006

When I did my internship at one of NASAs facilities last year every computer was still running XP. The only computers that received 7 was a newly purchased computer. Shortly after I left NASA began to migrate their IT operations to a new contract with HP if memory serves me correct. Prior to HP the contract belonged to an aerospace engineering company (of which I can't remember which) which seemed odd to me since they were not in the business of IT but in the business of aerospace engineering. At least common sense would tell me however being NASA is a government agency common sense tends to not be involved. I wonder if through the contract HP would upgrade the existing computers fully capable of supporting Windows 7.

Currently I work part-time at RadioShack and our POS (in every sense of the acronym it really does stand for "piece of $#!%") runs on XP. When I open the store on Sundays I take the liberty of cutting the main circuit breaker for about a minute and then turning back on in order to "reset" the store due to the assload of bugs with the archaic system. lol! I'm pretty confident they have about 512MB (or less) of RAM coupled with a Core 2 as it takes 10 years to open the web browser (IE6) or any other application required to support store operations. Then there is the terrible POS software that runs on top of the OS and due to admin capabilities I cannot access anything outside the POS software. Even the computers in the back room which are used for management support can't. These systems frustrate the hell out of me...

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OmNomNom

Seems like yesterday in 2006 when we were upgrading our companies computers from NT4.0 to XP... Took all 20 of us in the dept a few months to migrate about 1500 pc's. Also went from a server 2000 to 2003... 60 - 80 hour weeks and not 1 day off for 3 months.

Now fast forward 7 years and if situations were the same we would have to be doing this all over again to win7 ect...

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