Survey Finds Organizations Cautious about Adopting Windows 7
Article by George Norman
On 14 Apr 2009
Despite the fact that market analysis company Gartner said Windows 7 will be ready for adoption as soon as it reaches GA (General Availability) status (details here), a recent survey entitled “Windows 7 Adoption: A Survey of Technology Professionals” has showed that organizations are cautious about implementing the new operating system. It is no wonder since Windows Vista left IT and management staff with quite a bitter taste in their mouth.

The survey, conducted by systems management specialist Kace revealed that out of the 1,100 respondents 84% will not adopt Windows 7 in the next 12 months while 83% of respondents decided to bear with Windows XP for one more year and skip directly to Windows 7 as opposed to implementing Vista right now. It must be said that 46% of the survey’s respondents described themselves as “hands-on IT professionals” with only 17% of them have Windows 7 Beta installed and running on their machines.


Senior Research Analyst for Dimensional Research and the survey’s author, Diane Hagglund comments: “The research shows that despite the early enthusiasm for Windows 7, organizations are still wary about adoption, demonstrating what could be described as an even overly cautious approach. Negative public perception of Vista seems to have helped build this layer of distrust with Windows 7.”

Here are the highlights of the survey:
- 84% will not upgrade to windows 7 in the next year
- 72 % are less concerned about staying with XP than upgrading to Windows 7.
- 50% have thought about giving up on Microsoft’s Windows-based OS and switching to alternative operating systems.
- 27% cited Apple’s Mac OS X as their favorite alternative operating system to switch to.
- 60% do not have an automated OS migration tool in place.
- Other reasons cited for not adopting Windows 7: low budgets or frozen budgets, staff reduction, overall economic situation.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows 7, Kace
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