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Windows 7 uptake likely to be slow

ScriptLogic : 14 July, 2009  (Technical Article)
ScriptLogic survey shows user setting migration doubts to be one of the issues preventing quick uptake in industry and commerce of the new Windows Operating System due to be available later this year
Nearly 60 percent of IT administrators do not plan to migrate to Microsoft Windows 7, despite the operating systems' acclaim and notable user interface improvements from Windows Vista, a survey by ScriptLogic revealed. ScriptLogic announced the results of an end-user survey that illustrates barriers preventing IT administrators from Windows 7 deployment when it is available later this year.

The survey, which was distributed to 20,000 Microsoft Windows systems IT administrators and generated more than 1,000 responses, includes key findings such as:


* When asked about their plans to deploy Windows 7, nearly 60 percent (59.2) of respondents said they have no plans to deploy at this time; 34 percent plan to deploy by the end of 2010 and only 5.4 percent plan to deploy by the end of 2009 - quickly following scheduled general availability in October 2009.

* IT administrators note the biggest barriers to deploying Windows 7 as lack of time and resources (42.4 percent) and application compatibility (38.9 percent), followed by OS deployment/migration (8.8 percent), hardware support (7.6 percent) and migration of user settings (3.2 percent).

ScriptLogic has introduced a new page on its website that discusses Windows 7 migration. The web resource includes full survey results as well as suggested third-party resources that eliminate migration roadblocks. For example, ScriptLogic notes tools available from Microsoft that check applications to be deployed and ensure their installation, configuration and security settings are compatible with the new operating system.

"While it is important that our staff have access to the latest operating systems, we won't migrate to Windows 7 until at least the first service pack has been released," said Sean Angus, senior PC LAN tech for Middlesex Hospital in Connecticut. "The IT department must complete thorough testing to ensure that the applications we rely on each day, specifically radiology information systems and financial applications, will be compatible, before deploying any new platforms or software to our 1,500 desktops."

Many of the issues that prevented organisations from deploying Windows Vista are still relevant in preparation for Windows 7 migration. ScriptLogic offers various solutions to ease migration challenges. When Windows 7 is available, customers using ScriptLogic's Desktop Authority can simply add new computers running Windows 7 to the domain. As a result, the user's personal customisations and settings will automatically be applied to the new Windows 7-based machine, making desktops immediately usable and employees instantly productive. Additionally, ScriptLogic's Desktop Authority MSI Studio will provide IT administrators with a tool to test, customize, manage and simplify the deployment of applications on machines running Windows 7.

"This survey highlights the impact the economy has had on IT, with thirty five percent of respondents saying they've saved money by skipping upgrades and delaying purchases," said Nick Cavalancia, vice president of Windows management at ScriptLogic. "This is likely a reason why IT administrators will put off a Windows 7 migration. ScriptLogic continues to upgrade and enhance our Desktop Authority product line. So, when our customer base is ready to deploy Windows 7, we will have the solutions available to simplify the process."

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