Not persuasive argument
Ok, I accept that its enhanced security may make it easier for network admins and IT support guys to manage their infrastructure, so if it makes life easier for those guys, then thats cool enough.
However, in any organisation, the IT infrastructure team is a tiny percentage of the overall workforce, so he seems to be saying that Win7 will make things easier and simpler for only a small percentage of the users of any coporate enterprise.
I'd like to know how Win7 can make my office of 25 people more productive than, say, WinXP? How does it do that? Can it do that? If it can't, then I see no real reason to force my staff to upgrade and climb a new learning curve, with the obvious initial reduction in productivity that a new OS will entail - learning the 'new' way to do things (i.e where have they hidden the icons THIS time), new deployment issues for IT staff, security/virus issues, service pack installation yadda yadda.
In the light of the learning curve, and the upset it will cause, I would be a fool to not also evaluate the vast and impressive range of open source Linux based operating systems that are available. For free. I see the disruption as approximately the same, but without the financial outlay to procure the software. Why, once I have deployed, say, Suse, or Ubuntu, with Open Office and a decent email client, Adobe Acrobat etc, there is no reason for the *majority* of my staff to be tied to a Windows platform. If they can exchange documents in Microsoft format with external companies (which Open Office does fine, thank you very much), then surely, If I'm standing on the cliff edge deciding to jump or not, I need to at least evaluate alternative options to the Microsoft lock-in?
I'm sure Win7 is fine. XP is also great, very happy with it. But my recent experiences with alternative OSs has seriously led me to question whether there are still good reasons to stick with a Microsoft only business.
OK, if you are a development house coding for Windows, then sure, you need Visual Studio, and an MS platform, no argument. But if you are a consultancy, where you author, process, comment, and review project documentation, there are alternatives out there.
I'm just starting to wake up to this realisation, and I'm sure others are too.