I will have absolutely zero sympathy
for any individual, organization, or business that takes Microsoft up on it and gets burned security-wise down the road.
Everybody bitched about the intrinsic security flaws in XP. Microsoft improved matters and now people are still dragging their feet about switching to Win7 - even if it means buying all their new machines with 7 and 'downgrading' them.
I can understand not wanting to replace an entire PC farm, or have to upgrade one's entire inventory of old hardware to make it work acceptably with the 'new' Windows. But with new PCs shipping with nothing but
as their standard build it's high time for whoever plans on sticking with Microsoft to start seriously considering "gettin' with the program" come their next new machine.
(Note: the following is more a comment about and to the people that provide tech support for a living like I do.)
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. Switching over does
entail some training and support issues and cost. I know because I straddle the fence providing support for XP and Win7. But from what I've seen, the average user catches onto Windows 7 and the new Office suite pretty quickly. So most of the arguments being advanced for taking a "wait and see" attitude are more a case of our fellow ITers doing a CYA move. That or just being lazy IMHO.
And yes...rolling out Win7/Office2k10 is a royal
PITA from an IT support perspective. But we shoukl also try to remember it's exactly that
sort of thing we (supposedly) get paid to help people out with.
Just my 2¢