When Microsoft released Windows 7 in late 2009, it became an instant hit, especially in the consumer PC market. In contrast, enterprise users did not display quite the same eagerness in adopting the operating system, with most of them choosing instead to cling onto Windows XP for as long as possible. Earlier this month, though, Microsoft triumphantly announced that over 50 percent of all enterprise desktops were now running Windows 7. But stats don’t always tell the full story, do they?
Well, don’t know about you, but Browsium, a company which helps businesses run critical IE6- or IE7-dependent web apps on IE8 and IE9, certainly seems to think that stats can be misleading at times. Not willing to blindly buy into the hype, the Redmond-based company feels it is a classic glass half-empty/half-full situation, with Windows XP still accounting for a large number of enterprise desktops.
According to Browsium, there has been one really big problem with Windows 7 migrations so far, which is that they have been largely restricted to small/medium businesses and educational institutions, with the company estimating that as many as 80 percent of large enterprises (those with 10,000 or more PCs) are still using XP.
“When you look at very large enterprise – banks, healthcare and insurance companies, government organizations – where Browsium does the majority of our business, the picture is not so rosy,” the company claimed in a blog post. “These enterprises are struggling to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 … and to eradicate IE6 and IE7 in the process.”