Interesting prediction by research firm IDC: “We believe Windows 7 will be the next XP.”
In other words, while the business community showed Vista only modest enthusiasm, it appears that Windows 7 will build a vast installed base that clearly has the potential to be far larger than XP. Given this, software vendors of all sizes will be developing software to leverage Windows 7’s enhanced capabilities.
This means, of course, that those companies that delay migrating to 7 will be behind the curve as the new tools and features of this next generation of software become standardized. Employee productivity will be lost and competitive edge will be lessened.
Most compelling on this front: the advent of 64-bit computing. As of June 2010, 46 percent of Windows 7 users were 64-bit. In effect, Windows 7 is heralding the arrival of 64-bit computing. This move forward will make it all that much more important to be up and running on the Windows 7 platform.
New apps will be developed to leverage Windows 7’s features.
Question: Gartner says that by 2014, 75% of all business PCs will be running 64-bit versions of Windows. What is being done to ensure that the hardware and software out there is compatible with the 64-bit version of Windows 7?
Answer: The answer here is Microsoft’s Windows Logo Program, which is the program that allows hardware manufacturers and software developers to put the Windows 7 logo on their products. It now requires hardware partners to develop 64-bit drivers, and requires software partners to create applications compatible with the 64-bit version of Windows 7. So if you see that Logo, you should be in good shape on this issue.