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Why 'it just doesn't work'

By deckard ·
McKinnej is right when surmising that the diehard XP users will likely opt for whatever works first. Linux is a non-starter for them because they need to train so far behind the ball, and/or their dedicated apps require a Windows platform. Even if 'it just works', that doesn't pass the sniff test for 6-12 workers w/ a hundred different ways of saying "windows never had this problem".

Depending on the number of seats, the stopgap measure is to find a Win7 upgrade path and accept that a lot of hardware won't go along. It won't work with 8 either, so it's a toss up and the only answer may be determined by the server. One thing is clear - I don't think they intended to, MS' upgrade path has seriously alienated business consumers that just need workhorses. Without a con$ultant at the other end with a heartbeat, none of these entities will even consider SaaS or Office 365 for the same reason.

It will not be as easy to drag users by their cold, dead fingers from the desktops MS says we're no longer using, when in fact they feel they're not making enough off the installed base. Having less control and paying a monthly is no way to run a rodeo.

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