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Win7 Up, IE 6 Down

When a hot new album (or CD or digital download) comes out, consumers snap it up fast.

When a hot new operating system arrives, it can take years for IT to make the move. There's testing and training, and oh, it can cost a bundle too!

That's the story with Windows 7. While consumers are buying Windows 7 in droves, those of you in IT take a bit longer. Forrester Research thinks enterprises will start refreshing PCs and moving to 7 this summer. In the world of operating systems, that is right quick!

Microsoft's efforts to get IT to move away from IE 6 are expected to pay dividends. By definition, moving to Win 7 means moving away from IE 6. The only hitch is many corporate apps are tied to IE 6. In the old days, you'd have to rewrite these puppies to run on the new software. Now with virtualization, you can run these apps in a virtual machine.

Forrester expects XP and IE 6 to be out of most shops by 2012.

Do you have IE 6 issues? Tell us about them at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted on May 24, 2010 at 11:53 AM


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