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Why Windows 7? Why now?

Why Windows 7? Why now?

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Rob Waggoner

Windows 7 is now a year old and I’m still hearing questions like “Why Windows 7?” or statements like “XP is good enough”.  Other people are still saying things like “I’m waiting for SP1”, or “I want to see someone else do it first”, OR “I have applications that are not compatible with Windows 7”.  I wanted to take a few minutes and address some of these questions and comments since Windows 7 has now been on the market for over a year. 

  1. Why Windows 7?  XP is good enough
    1. Why Move From Windows XP to Windows 7?
    2. Windows 7 for VARs 
    3. Windows 7, Office 2010 Proof of Concept – How To Guide
  2. I’m waiting for SP1.  Honestly, please don’t wait, even Gartner has recommended not waiting for SP1.  But for those that insist on waiting; SP1 is right around the corner, so please start testing and building your plans. 
    1. Gartner Highlights Five Issues Enterprises Should Examine With Upcoming Launch of Windows 7
    2. Windows Server 2008 R2 & Windows 7 SP1 Release Candidate has been released!
  3. I want to see someone else do it first.  OK, let me point you to some of the successes from the people that have already “done it”. 
    1. Stockholm Saves Money Upgrading to Windows 7
    2. New OS Helps Environmental Consultant Be More Productive and Green 
    3. New OS Provides More Speed and Layers of Defense for Web Security Firm
  4. I have applications that are not compatible with Windows 7
    1. New OS Nails Down Compatibility and Productivity Concerns for Home Improvement
    2. What is Windows XP Mode?
    3. You can now P2V a Windows XP machine into a Windows 7 machine

Isn’t it nice that we’ve actually answered all of these questions already?  We currently have 130 Windows 7 Case Studies.  Since we have so many, we also give you the tools so you can filter these case studies to meet your needs.  All of the Windows 7 Case Studies can be found here.

I hope this helps.  If you are hearing other objections in your Windows 7 discussions, please share them with me so we can get them addressed.

Until next time,


  • Good post Rob!  what do we say to those lagging ISV who won;t support apps on Windows 7, or who have not put out new versions in hte last several years that work well considering the application and security model changes we have made?



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