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Poll Results: Are you looking forward to the day Windows 7 overtakes XP?

See how your peers answered this question: Are you looking forward to the day Windows 7 overtakes XP?

On August 20, 2010, I asked the readers of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog this poll question:

Are you looking forward to the day Windows 7 overtakes XP?

The question stemmed from a blog post by Ed Bott over on ZDNet (sister-site to TechRepublic) proclaiming that Microsoft Windows 7 was quickly becoming the most prevalent version of the Windows operating system, supplanting Windows XP.

The results from over 4,000 respondents to the poll show that many information technology professionals are going to miss Windows XP. After years of tweaking and cajoling the last bit of performance and security out of XP, I guess it is hard to see it go.

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

24 comments
t91
t91

It greatly depends on what product one STARTS w/ uses. This also factors in when people try to CHANGE to a diff product; It also requires a longer learning period (as a general function). Personally, I do not like someone "telling me where to file/put things" I dislike 7 greatly; XP is a Great program to work w/. Ted H

fiosdave
fiosdave

To Windows 8 overtaking Windows 7!

mikifinaz1
mikifinaz1

I am waiting for the day when Windows takes the place of O/S 2.

ubik
ubik

...cryogenic research. Seriously, who's promoting Linux as a mainstream alternative?

jasonemmg
jasonemmg

I am staying with XP until I must move forward to win7 or other O/S or my PC fails. I am happy, my 5yr old PC, it's fine for what I use it for. I don't play graphic intense games,etc.. I've done upgrades (HDD, graphics,RAM, external storage,etc..) Just bought a WD TV Live Plus Media Player, this weekends project to install. I'll eventually purchase a netbook so my family is not confined to the "computer room".

PESK, mbcs, mcse, mcitp, sts
PESK, mbcs, mcse, mcitp, sts

...either, hasn't used it, has had 1 or 2 issues with it, can't afford it, or plainly is just anti-M$. Period! And let's be fair, who hasn't had an issue with an OS? Any OS. Windows 7 is, by far, the best OS that M$ has produced in YEARS. That is evidenced by the length of time that XP has been 'in the wild', supported by M$. It took that long for them to develop and get a proper OS out, though I must say I have no idea what they were thinking with Vista! I totally agree with Ryk. If any of you M$-kicking folk use Windows 7, you'd never go back to XP or any other OS for that matter. True, some stuff has been deprecated in favour of new stuff, but that's the cost of progress. Basically, what you're trying to say is the same as now that floppies are no more, you'd like them back for sentimental value...Or 8-tracks, or vinyl, or tape-cassettes. (Betamax just prang to mind.) Buy it, install it, try it for a while and see if you don't like it then. I've been running Windows 7 on my home PCs now for over 2 years and cannot see myself going back to XP and I have seen the uptake of Windows 7 grow so rapidly, that I am starting to forget how to support XP...

drakebm
drakebm

It's not that I've enjoyed tweaking XP, but I simply don't like Win7's interface, its bugs, and all the demands it makes on how computer users are supposed to perform various tasks. There are few reasons for the rave reviews Win7 has received. I'd almost rather switch to a Mac!

carlsf
carlsf

We are a VISTA and some XP business. The WIN interface is crap we do not like it. Where is the "CLASSIC" option, which is used here for ease of people moving around the office no mater which system the interface is the same. Also is makes support a breeze as the tech's know the setup and dont have to spend time figuring out where the user has put this etc, in fact our support is very low, and invovles, more hardware. I have WIN7 seven on 5 test systems and our users tend to steer clear of them. JUST my take for what it is worth.

sserwe
sserwe

As with all new operating systems, the interface is going to change a little. That's part of progress. If you can't take 20 minutes time to learn the new interface (that is all it takes) then yea I guess it's not for you. I've had my company (60 users/12 servers) fully on Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 since shortly after they were released and everyone here absolutely loves it. We have 1 or 2 XP machines still around and the people that use them don't like having to because they prefer Windows 7 now. There still is a "CLASSIC" option by the way and it is literally 2 clicks away. In Personalization (right click on the desktop for it), under "Basic and High Contrast Themes". I guess for some people that do not like having to learn a new interface; which I don't see how everyone thinks it's so horribly different; it's more comfortable to stick with what you're used to even if it is almost 8 years old and is close to no longer being supported. To each their own.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

But not because of the Ribbon which will drive them crazy if they ever switch to it but because of the Changed Defaults in Word. Not much use submitting a Tender to a Government Department if they are unable to read it and consider you for the job. Yep I know you can change the Defaults but with the smaller Business who don't run servers the defaults change with every Hot Patch so you have to stay on top of it or use something else. After one place was not considered for a large tender because the Department couldn't read their Tender the story spread like Wildfire through the entire industry and they where switching back to 2003 as fast as they could. 2010 hasn't got a chance with these people and until the Government Departments start accepting DOCX nor has 2007. ;) Col

carlsf
carlsf

Because that is the MS way break it so everyone will have to purchase a new version, and to hell with its existing users/clients. Well for us (115) XP and VISTA are the end of the MS road for us, we also still use Office 2003 due to the MS "RIBBON". With GOOGLE CLOUD at $50 per user per year we will be moving there. a saving of $110,000.00. Goood by Microsoft

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Here there is a lot of Propriety Software that is not being supported any longer or at the very least not a Priority to the Software Makers. I'm still supporting software that was designed to run on NT4 for 1 industry and that is still a current offering which has no alternative available. As it's now also free software it's not going to be developed quickly but what it gets given away with costs thousands of $. Or the Biggest Medical Program which has just within the past 2 or so years been ported to run on 2003 R2 and will not run reliably on 2008 let alone anything newer. Sure it runs on 2008 but not reliably and has been known to incorrectly pickup Patient Records so running the risk of Killing People isn't an Option for most Doctors/Medical Organizations. Seems for some strange reason that the Insurance is too great. :D Just be thankful that you have no Mission Critical Software that prevents you from moving to a newer version of Windows but with the way that M$ changes things with every new version it is a major Disincentive to the Software Makers to keep up to date with what M$ is doing. Why is it necessary to completely rewrite the OS with every new release of Windows? Normal people design something and then continually refine it to work better but M$ has to rewrite every few years and wreck everything that just worked. Col

xp-client
xp-client

As I mentioned earlier, there are far too many removals and foolish GUI redesigns with many components of Windows 7 and Vista. The taskbar, Start menu, Explorer, WMP, Virtual PC, now IE9, servicing stack. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_7 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_Vista. Windows 7 is only Vista marketed successfully and fanboys have all flocked to it like crazy, the sane ones and real people in IT doing work in enterprises all use the superior XP.

Ryk
Ryk

As a long-time IT professional, I disagree. Sure, things are different in Win7, but I'd much rather spend my day there than in XP. Most of the items in the linked "removed features" articles are either esoteric, simply handled in a different way, easily worked around, etc. Undoubtedly, there are some things that a lot of us would like changed (too much screen real estate used for the GUI comes to mind), but in the end you have to weigh the good with the bad. in my opinion, there's more that's good with Win7.

john3347
john3347

In your defense of Windows 7, you point to one of its biggest failures as a plus feature. The way many, many features and selections are hidden and buried under 4 to 10 layers of mouse clicks, and the renaming of so many features with names that don't even provide a clue as to what they perform, esoteric is a very appropriate description. Windows is progressing more and more as Linux systems have been described for as long as Linux systems have been around. By geeks, for geeks! Is this not an accurate definition for esoteric in computer vernacular? Windows 7 would be a much better OS if it had been written by smart people who have their feet on earth and are not off in outer space somewhere trying to impress others with how smart they are and how complicated a system they can build. While some users do live on the same planet as Windows developers, the vast majority are on planet earth and developers need to develop for those users too. If you were an ordinary store clerk, or factory production worker with no professional computer training and experience, you would still feel that most of the Windows 7 system is, as you describe, esoteric to the IT professional and leaving the masses un-attended to. In my opinion, Windows 7 falls even shorter than Windows Vista, or Windows XP as a place that a common user feels comfortable "spending their day".

john3347
john3347

Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language defines esoteric as: "understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest; recondite;...". "...who have special knowledge or interest" is the portion of the definition that you left out and is key to your description of Windows 7. I agree Windows 7 is, as you describe, the most 'esoteric' operating system ever from Microsoft.

ESchlangen
ESchlangen

I never experienced the problems with Vista that I saw everyone griping about. But I always have a high-end machine and that apparently made a lot of difference. Likewise, I've had absolutely no problems with Win7 (on my spouse's machine) although some things are, as usual with Microsoft, not where I expected them to be. The major thing that I see in both versions of Windows and in Office as well, is a strong effort to make the interface more user friendly. Unfortunately, to me that means that it is "dumbed down". Sometimes I find this annoying but my family certainly does not and they LOVE Win7!

Ryk
Ryk

Esoteric: Intended for or understood by only a particular group. I was pointing out that many of the "removed features" are just that, not intended for the common user. You & I might use them as a power user, but the average user won't ever use most of the features now or once available in Windows. Yes, some stuff is more buried than it used to be, but think about it -- the average user (who rarely, if ever, uses those features) doesn't need to see 100 buttons or menu options when they use only 5. So you & I might have to look around a bit when something isn't where we expect it, but it's not that hard to find things. I respect your opinion, but the market obviously disagrees. Win7 is experiencing the fastest uptake of any Windows OS. If it was so awful, those IT managers wouldn't be deploying it (as with Vista).

xp-client
xp-client

Not to mention the complete disaster that is search in Windows 7 and the Windows Live crapware that further dumbs down yet somehow bloats the basic but functional tools Windows XP had like Movie Maker, Picture and Fax Viewer, Outlook Express.

Richard Turpin
Richard Turpin

Its obvious to me that you are not a pro and have never used Win7 in your life? Please be aware that this Tech Republic comments is used by sensible and experienced professionals who pontificate structural comment.

Pint15
Pint15

You can get 90% of what you are missing in Windows Live. Also I doubt you have used Windows7 if you are saying it simply a repackaging of Vista. Can you create an disk image in XP without additional software? Repartition? XP was nice, but Windows 7 is much better

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Have you deployed Windows 7 in your organization? Are you planning the stages?

damian205
damian205

Speaking as an independant contractor who supports Mac, PC and Linux I have to say that the OS is largely irrelevant to the majority users. If they have the tools to do their jobs and the training necessary to use them, then the platform really doesn't matter. For those who bemoan the dying of Windows XP, get some training on more modern stuff, for Mac users, get a fondle slab and drool quietly in a corner and for Linux users, congratulations, you are now an official minority group and are likely to receive the uninformed vilification of the unwashed masses. Really though, I worry when people love any particular OS too much. Get out more and get a life.

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