Steve Ballmer is stating that companies that do not get away from Windows XP and upgrade to Vista or Windows 7, will face a backlash from irate users. Mr. Ballmer thinks that the company masses will revolt when they discover that their company is using slower machines at work than they have at home. This mass of disgruntled workers will rise up and demand a change.

According to an article that covers Mr. Ballmer’s thoughts, it states that:

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is warning IT organisations that they risk provoking an end user backlash if they don’t move off the XP operating system.

“If you deploy a four or five-year old operating system today, most people will ask their boss why the heck they don’t have the stuff they have at home,” the Microsoft CEO said.

In an interview at an event to mark the extension of Microsoft’s collaboration with EMC to help IT professionals improve virtualisation, security and content management, Ballmer touched on the progress of Windows 7.

He stressed that its faster performance, longer battery life and simplified security settings will be “a pretty good step forward in terms of what users care about.”

For these reasons and others, Ballmer warned that, enterprises that stick with Windows XP too long risk complaints from impatient users who have been using newer computers running Vista and Windows 7 at home.

Interesting. I think people today will just be happy to have a job and not be worrying about what OS their company is using. This ploy may of had a better chance when business was good. But I seriously doubt it will work in a time of economic uncertainty. This also makes one wonder why is XP still be offered on netbooks if it is so slow, irritating and subject to user backlash.

What do you think?  Would you rather have a job with a company that uses Windows XP or be unemployed using your home system with Vista or Windows 7 ?