Re: Windows 10 - So what?
You brought up an interesting comment about your global company just making the jump from windows xp to win 7. I think there are 4 basic reasons why it takes so long for businesses (and perhaps consumers) to make the big jump:
Roll-out costs: the new OS may require hardware upgrades and may not be compatible with legacy software. This is huge because most people have the attitude, "why fix what is not broken?" or "why take the risk?" It's a shame that MS hasn't figured out a better way to abstract out your programs from core of Windows. Do you remember the DOS days? Most of your programs could care less whether your computer was running DOS 3.2, DOS 5, or DOS 6.6 because programs in those days were all contained and relied on the files that were in their program folder. In fact, I remember how you could just copy a program folder to a floppy disk, take that floppy to another computer with the upgraded version of DOS, and run it from the floppy. It would be cool to Install an upgrade of Windows and not have to worry about which programs are now broken or have to be reinstalled.
Configuration costs: MS has done a pretty good job with upgrade solutions; however, some applications, hardware drivers, printer drivers, etc may still have to be reinstalled and reconfigured. It would be nice to just install the new OS and be up and running 20 minutes later. Unfortunately, I have found that problems, errors, and issues you may have had with the previous version, generally speaking, will be carried over into the upgrade. Experience has taught me that the best way to upgrade you PC is to reformat the hard drive and start with a fresh, new install of Windows. This means that you will have to reinstall all of your programs, and this is where some the true cost of the upgrade will manifest itself.
Training costs: Ugh! What happened to the Windows 8 tutorial? What a nightmare!
Support costs: Ugh! What happened to the Windows 8 tutorial?