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Windows 7 features a cleaner interface, a leaner footprint, and better hardware compatibility. However, according to a recent survey 83 percent of IT professionals at major companies are planning to wait more than a year to upgrade. Shrinking budgets and concern over software compatibility are two key issues.  (Source: Microsoft)
Most business will wait until at least 2011 to upgrade to the new Microsoft OS, study says

After an energetic success with Windows XP, poor support from hardware partners and initial bad publicity marred Microsoft's follow-up effort, Windows Vista.  Many businesses, including trusted partners like Intel, turned their back on Windows Vista and adopted a wait-and-see attitude.  While any OS release sees only partial adoption in the business community (companies typically upgrade only once every several years), comments from several large firms cited perceived issues with Vista itself as one reason to delay upgrading.

Now as Microsoft prepares to release Windows 7 -- which is being lauded as a much more cohesive effort than Vista, including with better hardware support -- the company hopes that business partners will warm back up to a Windows upgrade.  That's not the case, though, according to a recent survey by market research firm Dimensional Research, which found that most companies won't upgrade next year.

The firm writes, "Early beta testers are providing many glowing reports about the functionality and performance of Windows 7, especially compared to Windows Vista.  But is corporate IT excited about the new operating system, or do they dread yet another release?"

The firm surveyed 1,100 IT professionals at large firms.  Over 83 percent reported that they planned to skip the OS in the New Year.  As few large companies migrated to Windows Vista, this figure proves surprising, as it means that many companies plan to continue to use Windows XP, which mainstream support for ends this week.  Overall,
42 percent said they planned to deploy within 12 to 24 months, 24 percent said 24 to 36 months, and 17 percent said that they will wait more than 36 months to deploy, if at all.

The delay is not wholly Microsoft's fault, according to the study.  The researchers say that companies, faced with recession-stricken budgets, simply cannot afford the expenditures need to upgrade to a new OS.  Software compatibility is another major concern too, though.  States the report, "
The majority of participants do not plan to upgrade to Windows 7 in the next year. Economic factors are contributing to the delay in Windows 7 adoption for almost half of all participants. Software compatibility is the most frequently cited concern with Windows 7."

While Microsoft has for the most part done much to assuage consumer fears about the latest Windows OS, it apparently still has a ways to go with addressing businesses' concerns.  Of the surveyed, 67 percent reported concerns over software compatibility and 88 percent of those reporting concerns said it was their primary concern with adopting Windows 7.

Trepidation among the business community to adopt Windows 7 could worsen the economic concerns for both Microsoft and PC retailers like HP and Dell.  The adoption hesitance could spill over into the consumer market, ultimately hurting most major PC players, while helping only a few -- like budget Linux OS providers offering cheaper deployments.  The survey did find that 50 percent have considered a switch to a non-Windows OS due to Vista or Windows 7 concerns.

Despite all its hard work and advances in generating what looks to be a rock-solid consumer product, can Microsoft convince the IT community to switch to Windows 7 early?  The answer may lie in how smoothly the transition goes for the 17 percent of those planning to adopt in the first year.  These deployments will be absolutely critical to Microsoft as success could bring gains in reputation, which could bump up its adoption across the entire business community.



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RE: This is a story why???
By spread on 4/13/2009 11:34:06 AM , Rating: 2
It's better than the 95% + companies that won't upgrade to Vista.


RE: This is a story why???
By Silver2k7 on 4/13/09, Rating: 0
RE: This is a story why???
By Silver2k7 on 4/13/2009 6:20:42 PM , Rating: 1
I mean think about it, companies want something thats proven.. something thats new but not that new.. something wich have had a little time to mature and get its bugs ironed out.

XP was just like Vista when it was new it had plenty of bugs.. but after SP2 it was a much better product.


RE: This is a story why???
By goku on 4/13/09, Rating: -1
RE: This is a story why???
By brshoemak on 4/13/2009 8:57:11 PM , Rating: 5
So when exactly should we expect your vastly superior OS to be released to the marketplace? Got that couple millions lines of code all shored up and ready to go? I hope it's compatible with 1000's of pieces of existing hardware floating around out there. When it's done send me a .torrent file and I'll check it out.

I'll assume you're complaining because you use those applications from "all major companies" Just go open source or I can lend you my copy of DOS 6.22 if you are concerned with bloat - I'll throw in a copy of Oregon Trail while I'm at it. If you have time to complain about what others are doing wrong you have time to find your own solutions that fit your needs.


RE: This is a story why???
By goku on 4/13/09, Rating: -1
RE: This is a story why???
By TomZ on 4/14/2009 12:13:15 AM , Rating: 3
1. The automakers are not holding out on developing some magic technology that will let you drive large cars and get 40MPG. Despite what the politicians are telling us...

2. The reason we are driving 20MPG cars is that we, Americans at least, like to drive larger cars. They are more convenient, safer, and more enjoyable. And there is no reason to feel any guilt about that. Despite what the politicians are telling us...


RE: This is a story why???
By goku on 4/14/09, Rating: -1
RE: This is a story why???
By Nik00117 on 4/14/2009 4:41:29 AM , Rating: 1
I sell cars, I can tell you most nowadays since prices have dropped poeple are like "I want a F-150!" I want a ExpeditioN! Etc.

The reason why car makers in America don't make the 40-50 MPG non-hybrid cars is because they don't sell.

And about the comment (Bullshit EPA ratings)

My dad bought a 2009 F-150 and avgerages 20 MPG (he does about 60% city 40% highway)

My mom owns a Ford Focus she avg 32 MPG (about the same 60% city, 40% highway)

Spilt 50/50 those MPG figures should be lower according to EPA.


RE: This is a story why???
By goku on 4/14/09, Rating: -1
RE: This is a story why???
By Spivonious on 4/14/2009 12:38:09 PM , Rating: 3
This article is about Windows 7, not automobiles. Go back under your bridge.


RE: This is a story why???
By goku on 4/14/2009 3:56:53 PM , Rating: 2
The point was that Windows 7, XP and basically all of Microsoft's OS' are bloated for their time, they're much like a badly programmed video game, one that is slow on the fastest machines, yet unable to show any benefit to its massive resource usage. This idea of inefficiency can be applied to a vast number of areas from the government bureacracy to electricity distribution, with some areas worse than others relatively speaking.


RE: This is a story why???
By CollegeTechGuy on 4/15/2009 9:49:04 AM , Rating: 2
You can use Windows and have compatibility with hundreds of thousands of pieces of hardware, millions of pieces of software, but it won't have the BEST compatibility with everything and be unstable at times.

You can run Linux and have compatibility with a fraction of what Windows does, and use a fraction of the software Windows can, but you will have more control over your OS and have fewer running resources.

You can run OSX and have great compatibility with everything Apple will allow you to, and you can run any software Apple will allow you too, and you will have great performance with all of those. However, you won't have your choice of hardware, and your software list will be very limited.

Point is every OS out there has its advantages, and its disadvantages. You have to choose what works best for you, and accept its disadvantages. Because as you argue that Windows is bloated and a crappy OS, it is bloated because it is trying to provide support for everything out there. Its in Microsofts best interest to try and make it compatible with everyone who makes PC stuff, and it doing so your "bloated" with all the extras for hardware and software you don't use. If you want less bloat go to another OS...but don't complain about their disadvantages because you chose to use it instead.


RE: This is a story why???
By maverick85wd on 4/15/2009 6:24:02 AM , Rating: 2
Oregon Trail FTW!!!

First computer game I was ever addicted to, back in 3rd grade. I thought it was the end-all until 5th grade when Oregon Trail II came out and you could hunt.

Takes me back...


RE: This is a story why???
By Pudro on 4/14/2009 4:56:33 AM , Rating: 4
You clearly have no idea what the "memory usage" means. When Vista came out I was dual-booting it with XP, and I can tell you for a fact that Vista needs at most 50 MB more memory to do the same stuff. The difference is that Vista makes smarter use of free memory, not just letting it sit there doing nothing. This would only be a problem if it didn't let go of that extra usage when something actually needed that memory, but it does let it go just fine. Even when it came to playing Oblivion with barely above the minimum hardware, there was no noticeable difference in performance between the two operating systems.


RE: This is a story why???
By callmeroy on 4/14/2009 9:44:16 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
I disagree, XP has always sucked

If this statement is true to you....you are probably doing something wrong....

XP is easily the most solid and consistently performing OS Windows has released up to this point in time.

There will always be exceptions, but I hear many many more people ditch Vista for XP, and don't know of too many that do the reverse.

Finally i've had xp on my system at home since release, can't honestly remember a total system failure that was completely the fault of the OS....I had to re-do my system twice, but it was hardware related each time.


RE: This is a story why???
By teohhanhui on 4/15/2009 3:21:19 AM , Rating: 3
I believe most who have actually been using Vista cannot love XP over Vista. This is not to say that Vista is perfect but XP is much worse/no better in most respects. Those who should really be hating Vista are those with older computers or have the need to run legacy apps.


By Master Kenobi (blog) on 4/15/2009 12:24:32 PM , Rating: 2
For those people, Microsoft has graced us with a free piece of kit called "Virtual PC 2007".


RE: This is a story why???
By xmichaelx on 4/13/2009 6:38:01 PM , Rating: 2
The truth. Additionally, most companies run (and rely on) a whole crapload of software, much of which won't have versions that work on a new OS for at least a year after launch.

We're running some Novell software that still doesn't work reliably with Vista AFAIK.


RE: This is a story why???
By dgingeri on 4/13/09, Rating: -1
RE: This is a story why???
By AlmostExAMD on 4/13/2009 7:41:15 PM , Rating: 2
Totally agree, Windows XP was the same.
I think most companies will wait for service pack 2,Wether it's SP2 on Vista or Win 7.


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