Softchoice study finds ‘floodgates’ opening on Windows 7 [Infographic]

Data. Softchoice sure gets a lot of it – from about a million computers a year in fact. When you look at the guts of a million computers a year, you start to see some trends. One trend we’ve been tracking is the surprising longevity of Windows XP — an operating system that has been the ‘comfortable pair of jeans’ for corporate North American desktops for the better part of a decade. It’s an interesting history, but based on our analysis, Windows 7 fever is gripping corporate North America, and things are finally beginning to change.

Now there have been many studies on the ‘intentions’ of organizations to deploy Windows 7, how they planned to do it and when (here’s one, for example). But a chasm often exists between intentions and reality. Another frequently cited data point is Windows 7 shipments. But shipments are just that – shipments. Often the computers that Windows 7 shipped on, particularly in late 2009, were retrofitted with Windows XP to remain compatible with existing corporate infrastructure.

This study is different. What you’ll see in the infographic below is a healthy cross-section of ‘in the wild’ data we gleaned over the course of hundreds of customer IT asset management service engagements. Looking at this data in aggregate provides a much clearer picture of the real state of the union in corporate North America.

After a decade of the status quo, it now looks like change is firmly afoot. The migration to Windows 7, while not complete for most organizations, is underway at quite a clip. Many organizations, it seems, had been taking the ‘wait and see’ approach, as is quite common with desktop operating systems. Well, they waited – and they saw – and now they’re acting.

So is 2011 the “Year of Windows 7”? As we sit here in December, that’s an easy thing to proclaim – at least until 2012 rolls around.

Episode 2 Dev Tools Q&A: Why upgrade to TFS 2010?

This is the second in a video series where I had the chance to interview Adam Gallant at Microsoft. In this instalment, Adam talks to me about what he thinks are the main reasons behind upgrading to TFS 2010.


Episode 1 Dev Tools Q&A: Team Foundation Server 2010

I’ve  just arrived back to Softchoice Head Office after a quick information-gathering trip to the Microsoft Canada headquarters in Mississauga, ON. I’ve brought a bundle of answers back with me, which I’ll be unleashing over the next week in a new video series.

This Spring, Microsoft rolled out Team Foundation Server as a benefit to MSDN subscriptions – full server and CAL (everything you need to run Team Foundation Server). Since then, I’ve spent a lot of time with customers letting them know about this awesome tool they now have for FREE, and all of the reasons why they should use it (now)!

There are a few questions that pop up in almost every Team Foundation Server conversation. I took a list of them to my friend Adam Gallant at Microsoft (who happens to be Canada’s leading TFS guru) and collected his expert answers.

Here’s the first video – we cover the specific size your team should be to use TFS and we also go over the challenges of deploying. Enjoy and stay tuned for more videos over the next week.


Still to come:

  • Biggest Roadblock to getting set up with TFS?
  • Why would you move to 2010 from 2008?
  • What’s the coolest TFS functionality that few people know about?

If you have any questions, leave a comment and I will get right back to you. If you have a recommendation for another dev tools video, let me know, and I’ll see what I can do. Thanks for watching!