Will Weider is just the kind of customer Microsoft (MSFT) needs to keep its Windows computer operating system franchise growing.
He oversees tech for a chain of Wisconsin hospitals — 14,000 computers' worth. But Weider has no desire to upgrade to Vista, the latest version of Windows.
"I wouldn't put on Vista if it was free," says Weider, chief information officer for Ministry Health Care. "In the past, there's always been an important reason to upgrade, but XP (the previous version of Windows) is perfectly acceptable."
...At Harvard University's medical facilities, about 8,000 computers are in use by staffers, and there are no plans to upgrade to Vista, says John Halamka, dean of technology for Harvard Medical School. "XP is running well," he says. Microsoft "could potentially have another operating system on the market by the time we're in a position to do a major upgrade."
Thursday, May 01, 2008