In response that most upgraders have XP, not VISTA: "You would assume, then, that Microsoft’s executives would want to do everything they can to encourage their user base to dump an eight-year-old operating system and embrace Windows 7. Instead, they have made the upgrade path as draconian as possible."
In response that most XP upgraders have to wipe their HDs: "Yes, Microsoft does include a utility to migrate your own files, and there are third party products that promise to simplify the XP to 7 upgrade mess. But there are no guarantees any of this stuff will really work reliably in the real world. No wonder computer shops are going to make a bundle selling you upgrade services.
What MS software doesn't work as touted?? I'm stunned !
Windows 7 is better that VISTA, it ought to be, it's SP3. But the fact it's not receiving raving reviews, really indicates the tough sales job MS has with its base, expecially its XP base.
The move from XP to Windows 7 is a legitimate threat for Microsoft. Here's a little anecdote to support this... My brother-in-law finally switched to the Mac this past weekend. He's a bright guy, but probably not the most tech savvy... For years, I suggested he'd be better off with a Mac, but he said he preferred PCs because it's what he's used to (at work presumably). Despite his subscription for anti-virus software, his 6 year old machine became infected (again). He's had to pay to have his machine disinfected in the past.
One of Apple's commercials apparently struck a chord with him - the one with the girl ready for the big move... to Mac. Apparently, the notion of making a move either way and sticking with what you know (misery, pain) or going with the computer ranked #1 in customer satisfaction, hit home for him. I've always considered these commercials to be silly, but when you think of it, they often do convey a powerful message. His first impression was that he didn't realize how nice iLife was and it didn't take long to used to Mac conventions. This was obviously one of those "I told you so" moments. ;-)
On a side note, the 21.5" LED monitors on the new iMacs are really nice. They are a huge improvement over previous generation's 20" displays.
I have about 50% of my class ready to switch next time they upgrade.
One student in lab last night told me her 12 yr old daughter just got a MacBook 1 month ago. I told her how nice that was for mom to buy her. She said she didn't buy it - Grandma did and also gave her daughter 1 to 1 to help in school. I asked her how her daughter liked it and she replied oh the lesson Apple gave was great. Somehow that didn't sound right, so I inquired which lessons had she taken, and she said oh just the basic one. I asked her which others and she said that was the only one. "WAIT ! " I said, "she hasn't signed up for any more?" No just the one... I told her she had about 48 lessons left (being it was a month old)- she didn't realize the hour lesson was for 52 weeks ! I urged her to get on line and schedule the next one... and she said her daughter would be thrilled to learn that there were 48 more and they'd sign up that night.
Whew ! . . that would have been a terrible loss.
Another recent convert is my Boss' son's girlfriend (fiancee).. she just bought a MacBook about 2 weeks ago and has been to 3 1 to 1s so far, and loves them. My boss is slowly beginning to think Mac now !
I think MS is in trouble , not just from Mac but also from the likes of Google Chrome... They have done much harm to themselves, and followed the same arrogant path as IBM - the company they dethroned 20 years ago.
I think MS is in trouble , not just from Mac but also from the likes of Google Chrome...
Well, I think Microsoft is far from being in trouble. I don't see the business desktop market moving from Microsoft anytime soon. However, over the years I've seen an occasional "switcher" or two, but they were pretty random. In the last year or so, I've seen more switchers than in the last 10 years though. There is definitely a trend at the consumer level away from Windows and for obvious reasons. As mentioned in this title, Windows 7, like Vista before it, seems to be acting as more of a catalyst in that respect. When people know they not only have to buy a new machine, but probably also upgrade their software, etc., considering a Mac makes a lot of sense. When people actually do make that comparison, Apple will usually win.
For the corporate environment change of any kind is generally very expensive. Most people don't know how much is involved. It's not a simple matter of just upgrading the OS for a given machine.
As I understand it, Microsoft will not allow us to image XP beyond 2010. That means, all new machines beyond that point must move to Vista or Win7. We've looked into the compatibility of many applications that we use. Many are not compatible with Vista/Win7. That means upgrades to various other third party applications and middleware products. Each upgrade is a project in and of itself. The total cost is enormous. The move to Apple would cost even more.
At the previous company I worked for (another Fortune 500), the CEO even asked, why aren't we using Macs? They did an investigation of the cost of switching (same issues with middleware, third party and custom apps) and there was simply no way to justify a business case for making that happen.
If companies really want to switch, they need to make very strategic decisions and phase this in over many years. Companies need to move away from Microsoft centric solutions. Enterprise apps should have web based front ends, not .Net, etc. Only when these barriers are removed can an easy switch to Mac be considered. No, Microsoft has lock-in for the foreseeable future. Obviously, places with much less sophisticated needs could switch at any time though.
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