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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 leexgx on 4/13/2009 1:08:07 PM , Rating: 2
if you have used windows from win95 up to XP the interface for the most part is the same from an user stand point with, and users that use them know how to use them, with vista the interface is changed as 1 thay removed the start name of the button so you say press the start thay play stuped and ask where that is, networking on vista is far more complicated and some times does not work

all admins know in and out of XP on how to set it up

for corp users NT4 2000 and XP are all the same

corps are not going to Start to upgrade to windows 7 or its next ver (most will Never deploy vista due to its messed up networking and High system requrements or HW replacement) untill XP has No more support in 2015

going to be playing with win7 as my prime OS as i have an spare hdd,{testing} considering its been running on an VMware box it has been working very fast so if its running as an installed os should be good (hopefuly thay have Fixed superfetch so it does not Load up the cache at the same time other programs are trying to load up {I/O Priorty to other threads} as it can slow the pc down alot when superfetch is loading up the ram, SSD makes all the vista hdd problems go away)

the comments the post before stevo's post i agree with compleaty

RE: This is a story why???
By StevoLincolnite on 4/14/2009 2:53:01 AM , Rating: 2
if you have used windows from win95 up to XP the interface for the most part is the same from an user stand point with, and users that use them know how to use them, with vista the interface is changed as 1 thay removed the start name of the button so you say press the start thay play stuped and ask where that is, networking on vista is far more complicated and some times does not work

Actually I have used Windows from Windows 3.11 to Windows 7, I don't class DOS as a "Windows Operating System".

Windows 3.11 to Windows 95 was a MASSIVE shift in GUI, and yes people did get lost with the move, but it also came with many benefits, hence it ended up selling extremely well.

From Windows 9x/NT/2K to Windows XP was also another large Shift in Graphical User Interface changes, the basic layout was still the same, but there was allot more to it all, hell Networking even got me confused for awhile, I was used to setting everything manually in Win9x and then XP brought the Network set-up wizard along, I also found I didn't need to use the "Run" Command either to set-up dial-up internet connections by going: Start >>> Run >>> inetwiz

The start "Button" is still there, it's just that the naming has gone, doesn't mean the function isn't the same however.

I do agree with you on the networking aspects, when I shifted from XP to Vista I found it confusing and annoying, then when I started to use Windows 7 it seemed to work my way allot easier, despite the layout being exactly the same as Vista's. - The new layout is something that you get used to, and you will either hate it or love it, and you can still do allot of the same networking stuff as you can in Windows XP by going into adapter settings, then right clicking on the adapter and set the I.P's etc' that way.

Windows has evolved over the years, for the better or for the worst is up to the user, if you find it annoying there are alternatives like: Sticking with your current OS, going the way of the Mac or shifting to Linux.

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