By my own admission I’m not an IT expert but like most of us I know my way around a PC. So when Microsoft announce a new operating system there is an automatic sense that you must “buy in” to the new platform or face falling behind your competitors and customers.
However, increasingly, each new launch brings a debate between those in the know; which makes me anxious as to the merit of being an “early adopter”.
These so called experts often disagree about the relative benefits and downsides of installing the new operating system. Forums buzz with banter exchanged between MS exchangers, Apple byters and the conscientious objectors who pick fault with both arguments.
I take the pragmatic approach and although I personally dislike the following phrase it fits neatly on this occasion….”if it ain’t broke…”
We’re still in recession, many are facing a very tough 2010 and in our ever increasing disposable lifestyles we could perhaps take stock and pause….do we really need the very latest gadget, gizmo, app or operating system?
The pricing of MS 7
upgrade will cost £79.99 until 1 January 2010,
at which point it will go up to £99.99.
The full version costs £149.99.
MS bless them have fed into our primal needs to keep one step ahead and the peer pressure not to be seen to be wearing last years OS. In a Gok Wan anti “fashion catwalk” approach to technology we should perhaps strip away the fancy features and aim to just look good naked! Well figuratively speaking of course.
Ask yourself what your business really needs and not what you fear you should do just to keep up. If your systems are working and healthy could I suggest that you book time out to plan for the next upgrade at a point when it suits the business rather than the MS executives.
As I stated at the outset I’m not an IT expert but I do trust my instincts and so should you. This is one business that’s sticking with Vista for now and when the time comes perhaps look at alternatives – I for one am getting rather tired of the frequency of OS changes with little if no significant change to the previous versions.
No doubt those who profess to be experts in this field will disagree but business success is not based upon being a serial early adopter.
MS 7 Must have or luxury O$?