We all know the arrival of Windows 8 is on the horizon and there's some big hoopla coming with it. And rightfully so--with the promise of a cool new user interface (especially optimised for touch screens), native USB 3.0 support and great new tools for developers to create a new generation of apps among just a few of the sweet new features coming with Windows 8, it's totally understandable that people are licking their lips in anticipation.
But hold on, wait a minute, most of our Enterprises have only just recently converted over to Windows 7, let alone Windows 8. Or maybe your company has just begun the migration process to Windows 7, coming off of XP or Vista. You might be one of those questioning the value of investing time and resources to getting your Windows 7 deployments up to scratch, and ensuring your IT staff who support it have the deep admin knowledge on the product, when Windows 8 is approaching over the next year. It's a fair conclusion at first glance, but to hold off getting the know-how you need on Windows 7 doesn't really make good sense. From a cost and support perspective for the enterprise customer, Windows 7 doesn't even reach the end of mainstream support until January of 2015. Yes, 2015. That's still 3 years away. Unless there is some unique, compelling reason to leap-frog forward to the future in the OS world, the majority of our companies will be looking to postpone increased investment in OS deployments until it becomes absolutely necessary from a support perspective. And...Windows 7 is pretty sweet itself: