News in brief for Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009
Microsoft pushes Windows XP customers to Vista, not Windows 7
In a blog posted Wednesday, Gavriella Schuster of Microsoft's Windows
"We want these customers to understand the following considerations, so they are not surprised later on:
- You may find your company in situations where applications are no longer supported on Windows XP and not yet supported on Windows 7.
- You will want to take time to evaluate Windows 7 just as you evaluate any new operating system for your environment prior to deployment. As Windows 7 is planned to be released in about 3 years after Windows Vista, the total period that many customers will likely be waiting prior to deploying Windows 7 in their environment will likely be in the range of 5 years after Windows Vista release."
She also recommended that all customers weighing a migration to either Vista or Windows 7 deploy the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), which is part of the Windows Optimized Desktop, to help them establish best practices.
Many Microsoft partners have said that forcing two migrations -- to Vista and then to Windows XP -- is beyond the pale for many customers, especially those that are not in a hardware-refresh cycle. Many Microsoft partners agree that a heavy-handed push is a bad scenario for customers. Vista has been broadly available since early 2007, but was plagued by quality problems. Windows 7 could be out as soon as late 2009.
Dell announces stimulus package of its own
Dell Inc., taking a cue from the success of its zero-percent-down financing offer on EqualLogic storage, on Wednesday added aggressive financing on select Latitude laptops and PowerEdge Energy Smart servers. A new zero-percent $1 buy-out lease promotion targets small and medium-sized businesses. At the end of the term, as the name implies, customers can buy the gear for $1.
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