Businesses Rank New and Nostalgic Office Technology

Windows 98 is the most popular (43 per cent) operating system, according to UK office workers. In a survey carried out by Virgin Media Business, the 14 year old software trumped all other competitors with Windows 7 coming a distant second. In contrast to this, retailers overwhelmingly said Windows 7 was the best system ever published.

In the study looking at working behaviours, 42 per cent of people also said if they could bring back one outdated piece of kit to the office, it would be desktop PCs. Whilst nearly a quarter said they’d fancy getting their fingers dirty again by bringing back typewriters.

“Our research shows the UK can be very nostalgic, but it also highlights how we all work in different ways. There’s no ultimate device or software that works equally well for everyone,” said Tony Grace, chief operating officer at Virgin Media Business.

“Whilst we can’t go back to Windows 98 or typewriters, companies can work with employees to choose hardware and software packages that work for them. The likes of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) schemes and remote working policies are emerging trends that enable employers to create a package that suits everyone. Nearly one in five (16 per cent) companies already use these schemes, with a further 20 per cent looking to roll-out similar initiatives in the future.

“With the launch of Office 2013, employees will find it even easier to use tablets and smartphones in the office. All sorts of new tools are coming onto the market and the line between work and personal devices is continuing to blur. It’s crucial to work closely with service providers and plan for a future where technology becomes the enabler to transforming the way we do business. Doing this will unlock even more of employees’ potential. Underpinning all of this will be superfast connectivity the key to a more liberated, productive working environment,” added Tony Grace.