Make of this what you will, but according to Microsoft, some 74 percent of businesses are still running Windows XP, an operating system now two generations old.
That number comes from Tammi Reller, CVP of Microsoft Windows, who stated as much during the company's Worldwide Partner Conference this week. What Reller didn't do, however, is view this negatively.
According to Reller, this statistic just means that Microsoft is in a great position to capitalize on would-be converts to Windows 7. Given the early issues and poor public perception of Vista, Microsoft wasn't able to convince very many businesses that they need or should upgrade, but that could change with Windows 7, given how well regarded Microsoft's latest OS is.
On a side note, Reller says that the average PC is 4.4 years old, the highest average age in a decade. And that, of course, means more upgrade potential too, Reller said.