Waiting for SP1 Makes Sense

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2009-10-22 Print this article Print

5. Security

With Windows 7 just hours old, there's no way to tell if it really is as secure as Microsoft wants users to believe. So far, Windows 7 hasn't been tested in the market. Companies really don't know if their data is safer on Windows 7. There's something to be said for a "wait-and-see" approach.

6. Support won't die

One of the main reasons why any company would switch from an operating system is lack of support. Windows XP won't suffer from that for years to come. According to Microsoft, it will continue to patch XP for another five years. That gives companies more than enough time to sit tight and invest in a new operating system when necessary.

7. Things have improved

Just because Windows 7 features several built-in features like Windows Security Essentials and Internet Explorer 8 doesn't mean that XP users are left out in the cold. Quite the contrary, Microsoft has made those programs available for download to any XP user. In other words, all those security holes that have plagued XP in the past might be contained with the help of Microsoft's security solution and its more robust browser.

8. XP works just fine on netbooks

More companies than ever are considering netbooks. But even though Windows 7 Starter Edition is designed specifically for the small, lightweight notebooks, it's not a vast improvement over XP. In fact, XP works just fine on netbooks. Why switch?

9. Service packs are robust

Again, Microsoft's first service pack for its previous operating systems tended to provide a far more reliable experience than the launch version of the software. Granted, Windows XP SP1 came under fire for not protecting users as well as it should have (this was fixed in SP2), but it was undeniably an upgrade. And a major one at that. Historically, Microsoft's service packs have proven successful. Waiting for Windows 7 SP1 might be a good idea.

10. What does it hurt?

In the end, there's no rush to switch to Windows 7. It may be the latest software, but for most companies, an operating system that works well is better than the unknown. Wait it out. See what other companies think. And make the decision after that. It didn't hurt when Vista was released, did it?

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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