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Windows 10 is around the corner....

Are you updating and why? What will you do if Microsoft creates another bomb (think Millennium, Vista, Windows 8)? Do you feel that you are being pushed towards Apple or a Linux variant as your PC operating system?

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David Ward
Title: Operations
Company: USA Grading, Inc
(Operations, USA Grading, Inc) |

We will be moving to windows 10 but not before the next 6-7 months. Having 14 years in I.T., I have seen the downside of not being close to current hardware/software, especially when engineering/drafting firms are wanting to hang on to older software due to the "comfort" factor. That little black box is how they make money...it's amazing to me the hesitancy some have to plan for tomorrow. Apple has it's place as well as Linux but it really depends on what you are wanting to do or need to do as to considering what system to implement.
The next 3 years will be changing more than what people realize & those that are not preparing now will pay the price by year 5.
Start planning now for tomorrow.

Ern Miller
Title: Co-CEO
Company: Miller Small Business Solutions
(Co-CEO, Miller Small Business Solutions) |

With the adaptation of Android tablets, I see more companies considering using them as the sole connection to the network. Most companies with internal software development will steer away from Apple simply because Apple keeps a tight ship in app development.

Further down, I see more companies going towards web apps, no matter what the OS of the machine. Server OS machines will be the focus of major OS software. I no longer have a direct connection to Microsoft Development, but I have to think they are working on an Office Suite that is purely web-based. There are a couple apps making headway in that venue, but security, speed, and reliability are still not at the level needed to use in business.

I think most of my clients are happy with Windows 7 and will stick with it like they did with XP. Microsoft is unfortunately not as market-controlling as they once were...unfortunate for me, because I need to reinvest at every whim of the market, and a stable market means I can focus on app development as opposed to learning a new language and dealing with poor programming in OSes.

Bob Dupree
Title: IT Global Senior Project Manager/PMO
Company: Tronox
(IT Global Senior Project Manager/PMO, Tronox) |

I would stay with Windows 7 as long as possible. Let others use and test Windows 10 for about a year or more before even considering the jump. As mentioned above Vista and Win 8 were both bombs. Vista was an embarrassment to Microsoft and Win 8 was never interface ready for most corporate environments. Moving to quickly burdens an already over-burdened IT staff. Linux maybe. Apple still doesn't play 100% nice with Microsoft and Apples nuances in the way it functions.

Ern Miller
Title: Co-CEO
Company: Miller Small Business Solutions
(Co-CEO, Miller Small Business Solutions) |

Vista wasn't bad. It wasn't as stable and secure as most businesses like, though. XP was stable. People stayed with XP until XP no longer was able to do the same functions as Windows 7.

I saw a similar resistance to change in 1995. The desktop change between Windows 3.11 and 95 was too radical...much like WIndows 8 desktop versus Windows 7. Windows 95 was slow to be adopted. Most people stuck with Windows 3.11 until the machines they ran on started dying and new machines only came with Windows 98.

Windows 98 was far more stable, and was used on desktops well into the 2010s.

Windows 10 will be an interesting thing to watch. I am not sure why they skipped 9.

I am not expecting much change, except some desktop looks.

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