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Gartner Cautions on Win 7 Costs

Back in the '90s, the network computer folks, like Larry Ellison and Scott McNealy (the NC was really just a dumb terminal that talked to internal servers and/or the Internet), looked to Gartner for their cost of PC ownership studies. At the time, I had owned and used a lot of PCs -- those I bought and those my employers owned.

The numbers were staggering. Gartner claimed a PC would cost some $10,000 a year to own. I doubted that very much and I asked every IT person who also thought it was hogwash.

Now Gartner is warning of the high costs of migrating to Windows.

Nonetheless, the costs are far less than the ten grand from days of old. Getting a new PC to run Win 7 ranges from $1,200 to $2,000. It is more expensive to upgrade an existing machine (up to $2,069) mainly due to labor costs.

How much does your PC cost per year? Tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 08/30/2010 at 1:18 PM


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