Our clients have had such a good experience with Windows 7 that Windows 8 and 10 would seem on the surface to have limited appeal.
Our client inventory of over 1500 workstations reflects that well over 50% are currently running Windows 7, and that these run on both physical workstation and virtual desktop infrastructure. Out of the 1500 are a few XP workstations, unbelievably...these run non-critical workloads such as postal machines, etc. But as with all businesses it is important to keep not only hardware, but operating systems as well refreshed and up to date. Two factors have prevailed in businesses deciding to remain with Windows 7...user comfort factor, and the fact that the hardware was still functioning without issues.
Anyone who has worked with Windows 8 knows that navigation and functionality are a substantial change from Windows 7. In fact Windows 10 is somewhat more like Windows 7 in terms of navigation...however it does require adjustment. Whether users are comfortable with upgrading is no longer really a factor. Microsoft is retiring mainline support for Windows 7 in 2016/2017. This creates difficulties in the event of complex support requirements with databases etc. to which Windows 7 devices are client machines.
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By most client accounts, like Windows 10 is an operating system which Microsoft has gotten right. Although early adoption within large enterprises will be slow this is primarily due to the fact that outside of touchscreen technology, 7 does what enterprises need it to do, mainly being to conduct business in a rock-solid fashion. As touch-screen becomes a more common request from enterprise users, adoption of 10 will likely accelerate rapidly.
If you have questions about Windows 8 or Windows 10 deployment feel free to call us at 405-822-7912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .