Sometimes Microsoft doesn’t like to make it easy for IT leaders to love its software.
The much-derided Windows Vista soured corporate views of the operating system, leading many firms to skip the upgrade and consider alternatives such as thin clients.
Now Windows 7 is nearly here, and early test releases suggest it is the product everyone hoped Vista would be. With so many IT managers having deferred PC hardware buying cycles for a year during the recession, there is significant pent-up demand for a business-friendly system that Microsoft should be looking to satisfy.
But now we learn the upgrade process from XP and Vista to 7 could be a bit of a nightmare. According to early reports, major changes are needed to migrate users from older versions of Windows complete re-installation in some cases; hard drive wipes; and the likelihood of significant data backups.
If ever there was a time that Microsoft should be making the transition to a new operating system (OS) as easy as possible, it is now. Of course, most IT leaders will have little choice they will take the pain and make the move when it is right for their business. But it won’t endear Microsoft to them, and might make many pine for a genuine alternative at the end of their next upgrade cycle.