The oddest thing about Microsoft’s decision to radically change Windows is that its core customers, enterprises, are still buying Windows 7 like mad.They love it.
By Microsoft’s own account, Windows 7 is the best selling operating system Microsoft has ever produced. Microsoft says it’s sold more than 600 million licenses for Windows 7 since it launched three years it ago — 75 million in the last six months, reports ZDnet.
Normally, when a new Microsoft operating system is about to launch, the world stops buying the old one, and waits for the latest new thing.
Part of the buying spree is because as of April, 2014, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP, meaning it will stop fixing security holes and such. Enterprises that didn’t switch to Vista (and that’s most of them) need to do something and what they are doing is Windows 7, not waiting for Windows 8.
That’s because Windows 8 is so radically different, it could harm employee productivity, not boost it, at least for some period while people learn how to use it. That could be ok, if Windows 8 had a bunch of killer new features for businesses — but it doesn’t.
It’s a little like Ben and Jerry’s discontinuing Cherries Garcia ice cream and trying to get everyone to switch to Greek yogurt — even while Cherry Garcia is still flying off the shelves. Yeah, Greek yogurt is all the rage right now in dairy delights, but you can’t really force down the throats of people who prefer ice cream.