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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: most businesses...
By Doormat on 4/13/2009 11:35:36 AM , Rating: 2
And some software STILL isn't compliant with Vista!

I'm waiting for Checkpoint to release a version of their SecureRemote VPN client so I could remote into work using Vista 64. For now I'm stuck with XP waiting for Checkpoint to get in gear. They've had a OSX Leopard client for out for a while now, but still no Vista 64 client.

RE: most businesses...
By KentState on 4/13/2009 1:57:59 PM , Rating: 2
That's not a problem with Vista, but rather 64-bit. I had no problem running SecureRemote in 32-bit Vista.

RE: most businesses...
By Doormat on 4/13/2009 2:39:35 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, which is why I said "Vista 64" in the post.

The issue is that with Core i7, its weak to only be able to see 3GB of RAM. I'd like to see all 6GB I have installed, thus the need for 64. With RAM prices the way they are (DDR3 prices falling) I could see moving to 12GB by the end of the year - using VMs with only 3GB of RAM is painful.

RE: most businesses...
By TomZ on 4/13/2009 2:51:17 PM , Rating: 2
No, in your original post, you said, "And some software STILL isn't compliant with Vista!" and then rattled off an example of something that is in fact compatible with 32-bit Vista, but is not compatible with 64-bit Vista and probably not compatible with 64-bit XP either.

In other words, it's not a "Vista" issue, as you alluded; it's a 64-bit issue.

RE: most businesses...
By croc on 4/13/2009 7:33:38 PM , Rating: 2
The 32 bit SecureRemote client works just fine in Vista 64, and in win7 64 as well. The IP stack has no difference between 32 and 64 bit, and win7 made no changes to the IP stack.

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