Windows 7: One year on

12 months ago, Microsoft showed the successor to Windows Vista off to the public for the first time.

Tags: Microsoft Corporation
  • E-Mail
Windows 7: One year on
By  ACN Staff Writer Published  November 11, 2010

12 months ago, Microsoft showed the successor to Windows Vista off to the public for the first time. To find out what a difference a year makes, Arabian Computer News spoke with Wilson Xavier, Windows client business group lead, Microsoft Gulf.

Windows 7 is one year old. How have the past 12 months been for Microsoft’s new OS in the Middle East?

It was a great journey in the region, starting with a very exciting launch during GITEX 2009, where we launched Windows 7 for commercial customers at GITEX and for consumers at GITEX Shopper.

Most importantly, we continued our promotion throughout the last year with our OEM partners, system integrators, resellers, retailers, training partners, software developers to ensure continuous engagement with our customers.

This time last year, Microsoft was struggling to get enterprises on board with Windows Vista. Has that changed with the launch of Windows 7?

Enterprise adoption has surpassed expectations. Analysts initially forecasted a 50-60% up take in Windows 7 migration. We’re now seeing nearly 89% of enterprises moving to Windows 7 within the next 24 months, according to IDC. In addition, customer satisfaction levels have never been higher. Here in the Gulf, we see even faster adoption across most enterprises.

How does the enterprise adoption rate of Windows 7 differ compared to Windows Vista and XP?

Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system to date. Sales of Windows 7 have already crossed the 240m copies mark worldwide. Enterprise adoption has really picked pace in the last eight months, and the current trends indicate the fastest adoption rate ever for an operating system in the region.

What has been the main attraction of Windows 7 for enterprises in the Middle East?

It is important to note that Windows 7 was released during a tough economic period. This not only helped businesses relate to the value proposition of Windows 7 with better productivity, mobility, manageability, security, power management, but made them to realise that the modern desktop could be an IT enabler for process innovation.

Can you name some of your big enterprise wins in the region?

It is very encouraging to state that we see Windows 7 Enterprise adoption across all sectors in the region, including government, telecoms, oil and gas, aviation, education, banking, retail and the media. Many of these customers are at various stages of Windows 7 deployment. Emirates, Kuwait Oil Company, Petroleum Development Oman to name a few, are some of the large enterprises to have deployed Windows 7.

Have there been any other benefits for Microsoft since the release of Windows 7 12 months ago?

Windows 7 definitely helped to strengthen our eco-system of partners and customer alike in the industry, and further raised our product and solution value to IT professional audiences and business decision makers in the region.

HP has just launched the first Windows 7 tablet in the US. Do you think it has what it takes to compete with iOS, Android and WebOS in the tablet space?

HP and Microsoft have a long-standing, strategic relationship spanning many areas, including Windows-based PCs, servers and cloud technologies.

Together, we continue to drive hardware and software innovation forward.

Add a Comment

Your display name This field is mandatory

Your e-mail address This field is mandatory (Your e-mail address won't be published)

Security code