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Windows 7 Could Mean Lots of New Hardware

The recession, along with the mixed bag that is Vista, didn't exactly inspire PC sales. But Microsoft expects all that to change with Windows 7, as IT may finally get to indulge in the sometimes long-put-off PC refreshes.

Fortunately, you don't always need a new machine for Windows 7. Many older systems that run XP can do just as well with 7. New machines, though, are often the best and cleanest way to upgrade. And with prices as low as they are, new machines don't have to be a deal-breaker.

The PC refresh comments came from Microsoft's Neil Holloway, who was grilled by analysts in London recently. Holloway was less bullish on servers; because so many of you consolidate servers through virtualization, demand for hardware is down some 20 percent. That's good news for IT, bad news for IBM, HP and Dell!

Is a new machine the best upgrade and are PCs as affordable as I suggest? Are you buying fewer servers because of consolidation? Fire up the PC of your choice and send answers to dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on December 03, 2009 at 11:53 AM