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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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You cannot blame them for wanting to wait
By A Stoner on 4/13/2009 2:07:16 PM , Rating: -1
Most will never deploy Vista.
Windows 7 = Vista when it comes to kernel.
Windows 7 has not been released yet, and many companies have proprietary software that would have to be recompiled and tested for many months to get working for Windows 7.
Windows 7 is not easily learned by old hand XP users, it is not easy to find old tools, if they even exist.
Windows 7, while reviewed favorably by pretty much everyone, needs to prove itself before any company is going to invest in it. I still think the vast majority of favorable reviews are paid hacks, or the coreless followers of such hacks. Simply put, Windows 7 = Vista, and Vista for the most part sucks. There are incremental minor updates to Windows 7, but nothing dramatic, and nothing that makes the cut to superior to XP in any way that is important to large Corporations. Thus, I conclude that people who give it huge acclaim must be paid to do so.
Business does not need Directx 10 or 11, one of the more compelling reasons to even consider the upgrade for consumers.
In the end, Microsoft may be smart to have revamped completely the user interface, but for Vista and maybe even for Windows 7, that major change may turn off many companies who cannot afford the cost associated with unproductive workers trying to figure out where Microsoft put the tools they need.

By TomZ on 4/13/2009 2:47:19 PM , Rating: 3
You don't know what you're talking about - it is false to say that XP is better than its successors for large corporations. For example, Vista and Windows 7 offer far better security and management compared to XP. These are important aspects for all large companies because it lowers the cost of IT administration.

By rcc on 4/13/2009 3:21:08 PM , Rating: 3
Windows 7 is not easily learned by old hand XP users, it is not easy to find old tools, if they even exist.

Oh please. Ok, maybe not by someone with an IQ under 65.

There are many reasons to upgrade, or not. But if your IT staff can't figure out something like this in a day or a week, you have other issues.

Most IT staffs are somewhat ossified when it comes to software changes. The bigger the department, the more true it is. Stick with the tried and true, we know how to support it, we're too busy...... etc.

Not that any of those are invalid reasons, but to say it's not easily learned? Wake up and join the 2000s.

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