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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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Windows 7 aka Vista 2
By catalysts17az on 4/14/2009 11:45:45 AM , Rating: 1
i know what i am about to say will probably be recieved negatively but here i go. i have been running Windows 7 beta for a month on a daily basis. Compatibility problems are nearly non existance but there are a lot of applications i dont run on my computer that you may run on your computer.

that being said, it picked up my dual screen 22" viewsonic monitors with a hitch. i have dual partition 1TB hdd and Window 7 is given only 100Gb the rest of the 900Gb is for XP. For those like me that are holding on to XP, There is no real reason to move to Windows 7 or Vista for that matter. XP is still faster....(i like Fast) however, i have a quadcore X3360 chip with 8 gigs of memory.

i know that XP will read only up to 4Gb of memory but i still got eight so i could run Window 7 ultimate 64 on he 100Gb partition. even with 8 gigs of memory Windows 7 64 still seems slower than XP EULA prevents any benchmarking. It is however with some sorrow that i now give my recommendation to friends and family that Windows 7 64 (64 bit only too) be the successor to our XP machines. XP is still faster but XP will also be hard to find very soon online for sale.

with that being said our M$ choices are now Vista and Windows 7, hands down go with 7 and if not make sure you get the 64 bit version or either OS for the ability to add insane amount of ram! i topped out on my mobo with 8 gigs.

hope 4 Gb sticks start to be sold at decent prices.

RE: Windows 7 aka Vista 2
By luceri on 4/14/2009 12:29:18 PM , Rating: 2
Just a thought, is the first 900GB of the hard drive XP and the last 100GB Win7? If so, perhaps the reason XP seems zippier for you is because of the location of the OS on the hard drive's platters. The information near the core of the spindles can be read and accessed more easily and quicker than that of the information on the outside due to it all being closer together.

I'm just mentioning because I have a similar PC but Win7 is just as, if not faster than XP, both x64. Currently Build 7068 on Win7.

Of course there could be other factors, such as drivers and whatnot, which would also cause discrepencies in the speed differences we perceive. Running mine on a core i7 920 here, 6 gigs ram w/ ATI 4850. I'm sure a Xeon Core 2 with nvidia graphics would give a vastly different experience just due to drivers alone in this beta stage.

Just a thought and note that my experience is a bit different. I do have some program compatibility probs though, but not many anymore.

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller

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