With the global economic slowdown and corporate majors moving to Apple Macs, the software major can ill-afford any delays
With the global economic recession stalling many businesses and corporate majors moving to Apple Macs by replacing Windows laptops and desktops at workplace, Microsoft is feeling jittery about their Windows 7, which is scheduled to be released in late 2009.
In the current world scenario, Microsoft cannot afford any delays or mishaps as in the case of Windows Vista.
According to a survey conducted by Sunbelt Software and ITIC, only 10 percent of 700 senior executives had Vista deployed in their organization while 77 percent had Macs and 50 percent shared plans for wider Apple products usage including the iPhone. About 88 percent of the respondents voted for Windows XP as primary PC operating system.
"Vista's main problem is lack of compatibility with other applications," says Laura DiDio, principal analyst at ITIC. But Shanen Boettcher, general manager for Windows product management, differs, saying that Vista has been refined and works well with most business applications. He says, "Nearly nine out of ten Vista using people enjoy it and are favorable."
However, Microsoft's recent market share slip must have caused a bit of concern in the company's camp.
Pund-IT researcher Charles King says, "As money tightens and the recession deepens, both consumers and businesses will do everything they can to avoid purchases." Given the economic slowdown, Microsoft's biggest challenge is to make corporate players to embrace Windows 7. It has already extended the deadline for OEMs willing to order Windows XP from January 31, 2009 to May 30, 2009.
Windows 7 will initially dither tech buyers as it requires hardware and software upgrades. But sooner or later one has to replace aging PCs with updated hardware and software systems. So it remains to be seen on what grounds do corporate and tech buyers plan to move to Windows 7.