From XP to W7
As one of the key members of Microsoft's channel team in the UK, Aldous (pictured) is keen to ensure Microsoft's vast network of partners are up to speed when W7 appears.
"Readiness is key," said Aldous. "We need to make sure our partners understand why customers would want Windows 7. They need to tailor their message to specific needs."
Asked what he's doing about it, Aldous said: "We're looking to take it out to partners a lot more though things like regional events and distributor boot camps. From a channel perspective there's a great opportunity for services revenue in Windows 7."
Asked, in conclusion, why people should consider upgrading to W7, Painell answered tellingly: "A lot of people are trying to make their hardware last longer and any PC currently running XP will be able to run Windows 7."
Surely this is the final indictment of Vista; that even Microsoft is appealing for people to upgrade to W7 from the OS that preceded Vista by several years.