questionshow quickly do you upgrade to new versions of…

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It depends. With an OS, I'm going to wait at least a month for the first round of bug fixes and I'm going to read almost exclusively the negative reviews. The positive reviews will pretty much just tell me how awesome the OS is, with fairly rare points that I wont find in a product description. Negative reviews are generally just as useless, but filter through the junk and you'll find the legitimate issues with the OS. I then decide if those problems matter enough to me to prevent an upgrade.

With other software, it's generally about features. If a feature is added that I need or like, I'll be more inclined. But if the current version works well and the new one doesnt add anything (as far as my use is concerned) then I tend not to bother.

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Much later rather than earlier.

I let people test what the beta testers thought worked (but didn't under real world conditions) before picking it up.

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I tend to upgrade software as soon as an update is available. With the OS I can wait a little while, though I still prefer to upgrade that quickly as well. I skipped Vista because many of my machines could not run it, but when Win7 came out suddenly these older machines could be upgraded. In fact, they were snappier on Win7 than they were on XP. I suspect I'll go Win8 immediately after release as I doubt there will be compatibility issues.

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For now on, I'll wait until I absolutely have to. I jumped on the Windows 7 wagon soon after it became available and I've regretted it. As far as office software goes, Open Office serves me well and it's free.

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I update pretty quickly, especially if there are large feature set changes. I'm happy to be a beta tester :-D

Businesses in general don't change software very often for a variety of reasons. Cost of new software (Enterprise level software is CRAZY expensive), cost of retraining (easier when smaller, but once you have 1000+ employees, that is much more difficult), initial bugs (every new system has 1-3 months of terribleness while integration issues are hammered out), and then there is the support for a new system. That is why many large companies run old operating systems and other software. If it ain't broke, why fix it. Heck we occasionally receive an Excel 2.0 document for quoting...

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It depends:
-For OS on computers, I generally wait until I do a serious upgrade on the hardware.
-For most software, I also wait a long time. I'm still running Office 2000, and loving the no-ribbons interface!
-For software that frequently patches security concerns (Java, Flash, anti-virus definitions, etc.), I update ASAP.

tl;dr Small changes? Frequently. Larger changes? Much less frequently.

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Depends.

Used to be you never ran a .0 release, though testing has gotten better so this is no longer a rule. Now I generally wait until I've heard reports from places that upgrade more aggressively. (Trust me, it is NOT a good thing when you have to back out an update from 20 systems; it is much worse when you have to do it on 200 and even more so when there is no official way to uninstall an update.)

As for home, I completely skipped Vista and pretty much skipped Office 2007 (the fracking ribbon is one of the stupidest things I've ever had to deal with... taking a perfectly functional and well known UI and making it harder for all but the least capable users to use).

On my phones (effectively production devices) I am fairly careful and generally cook my own ROMs (Android). On tablets and other less critical devices, I screw around more. It is pretty hard to brick most modern devices, though I've come close a few times.

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I fall in the "when absolutely necessary" group. Which is still more often than I would like. I understand the reasoning behind the system upgrades, but they usually cause more problems than they solve.

Bring back OS 7!

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I think the last operating system I bought on its own was the original mac OS X (as an upgrade from OS 8). I had that until I got windows XP that came on my computer 6 years ago, then I got a new computer that came with windows 7 last summer.

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I'm running Arch linux and update nearly every day.. OS and apps.

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Only when it becomes necessary or i get new equipment.