Most Businesses Do Not Want Windows 7, Survey Shows
Article by George Norman
On 16 Jul 2009
At an enterprise level, Microsoft failed to make a good impression with Windows Vista and consequently most businesses decided to stick with XP instead. It was believed that these enterprise customers will jump straight to Windows 7, but a recent survey conducted by ScriptLogic has shown otherwise. A total of 1100 respondents took part in the survey and the majority said they have no plans to deploy Windows 7.

The study asked a total of 4 questions:
1. Which IT investment area within your company has been impacted the most by the current economy?
2. How has your department saved the most money?
3. Which below represents the most accurate statement about your plans to deploy Windows 7?
4. What is your biggest barrier to deploying Windows 7?


The current economic hardship has impacted the following areas (question 1):
Data Center Infrastructure - 33.6%
Desktop Hardware - 30.7%
Systems Management Software - 20.0%
Mobile Access Technologies - 8.2%
IT Security Technologies - 7.6%

With question number 2, the survey tried to identify how a business can save money and the results showed that the most efficient manner to cut costs is to skip an upgrade or delay a purchase (34.8%). The second most cost-effective measure is to invest in software (like virtualization). To my mind, Windows 7 falls in both categories: it is an upgrade that needs to be purchased, but at the same time it is a software investment.

Question number 3 came with the following options (and the percentage of responses):
We have no current plans to deploy Windows 7 – 53.3%
We will likely deploy Windows 7 by the end of 2010 – 34%
We plan on deploying Windows by the end of 2009 – 5.4%
We have already deployed Windows 7 – 1.4%

Question number 4 focused on the reasons why a company might decide to skip the next iteration of the Microsoft developed operating system. The main difficulty in implementing Windows 7 comes from:
Time and resources – 42%
Application compatibility – 39.1%
Hardware support – 7.5%

Migration of user setting – 2.2%

The ScriptLogic Windows 7 survey is available here (PDF warning).

In related news, if you are an enterprise customer and want to get Windows 7, Volume Licensing will go live on the 1st of September, as reported here. And if you do deploy Windows 7, you can rest assured that the OS does not need SP1 to be safe and stable (details here).

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