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Windows 7 uptake survey results

Sunbelt Software : 20 October, 2009  (Technical Article)
Migration levels to Windows 7 expected to be high with 50% of survey respondents expecting to upgrade within the next year
Sunbelt Software has announced the results of a survey of 1,500 companies worldwide undertaken with research and consulting firm ITIC. The survey indicates nearly 60% of respondents will deploy Microsoft Windows 7, with approximately 30% transitioning to the new desktop operating system within the first six months. Another 11% of respondents indicated they will wait for the first Service Pack to ship.

"The survey findings are a clear indication and validation that Microsoft's Application Compatibility Toolkit and its extensive "Ecosystems Readiness" outreach programs for OEM hardware vendors and independent third party software vendors (ISVs) have been extremely successful," said ITIC Principal Analyst Laura DiDio. The survey found that an overwhelming 80% majority of early adopters and beta users rated the performance and compatibility of Windows 7 "Excellent" or "Very Good."

"The customer feedback has been very positive. The general consensus among network administrators we interviewed was that Microsoft has successfully addressed the backwards compatibility issues with legacy hardware, drivers and applications. Windows 7 looks like a winner," DiDio added.

The ITIC/ Sunbelt Software Windows 7 Deployment Trends & Timetable survey polled C-level executives and IT managers worldwide regarding their Windows 7 deployment plans and timetables. The survey also queried corporations on a variety of Windows 7 related topics. These included businesses' experiences with beta and early release versions of the product as well as the business and technical issues that may cause companies to delay migrating to the new Microsoft desktop operating system. Among the survey highlights:

* A 60% majority of survey respondents indicated they will migrate to Windows 7. Of this group, 49% indicated their organisations will upgrade to Windows 7 within the first year; another 11% say they'll convert their desktops "as soon as the first Service Pack ships" and they're assured that any bugs are worked out.

* Eight out of 10 users rating Windows 7 quality "Excellent" or "Very Good." Specifically, 45% of respondents rated the Windows 7 beta and early releases "Excellent"; another 35% called it "Very Good."

* The 40% of respondents with no specific upgrade timetable cited their need to ascertain that there are no significant application compatibility issues with legacy hardware and software; satisfaction with their current Windows XP and Vista deployments suit their needs; and a lack of a compelling business reason (e.g. a killer application) as the chief reasons for delaying a migration to Windows 7, at the current time.

* Fewer than 2% of the survey respondents rated Windows 7 quality as "Poor" or "Completely Unsatisfactory."

However, some corporate customers did voice healthy skepticism on issues ranging from application compatibility to upgrade pricing for the commercial and business editions of Windows 7.
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