My spin:Many businesses cling to the legacy versions of Windows – prior to XP and 2000 they bought several years ago. Do I think that businesses need to upgrade with each and every new version of Windows? Of course not. But I do think that the technology infrastructure, overall, for any business should be refreshed and optimized on a regular basis. Windows 98 and anything earlier are not going to bring the efficiencies that a business needs compared to XP and 2000.
For those clinging to legacy tools – it’s time to upgrade.
News Clip: MSNBC: Microsoft can stop selling older operating systems, and it can even stop supporting them, but that doesn’t mean that customers won’t still use them.
Even though Microsoft said this week that it will stop distributing Windows 98 at the end of this month, a new study shows that a substantial number of businesses large and small are still using it.
The study, released this week by technology consultant AssetMetrix, found that more than 80 percent of companies still have some machines using Windows 95 or Windows 98. Of those companies still using the older operating systems, an average of 39 percent of desktops were running either Windows 95 or Windows 98. (full story)
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