InformationWeek Analytics New Research Shows Four Out of Five Enterprise Organizations Plan to Adopt Windows 7

Nearly 700 Business Technology Professionals Weigh In On Adopting Windows 7 In The Enterprise

May 19, 2010

InformationWeek Analytics today announced the release of its Windows 7 Migration research report, including exclusive trending data. InformationWeek Analytics provides IT decision-makers with real-world perspective based on a combination of qualitative and quantitative research, business and technology assessment and planning tools, and technology adoption best practices gleaned from experience. The report author, Randy George, has covered a wide range of network infrastructure and information security topics in his four years as an InformationWeek and Network Computing contributor.

Research Summary:

In July 2009, business technology professionals weighed in on their Windows 7 deployment plans. At the time, there was a general feeling of discontent with Microsoft's direction. Now, our survey shows that IT pros have warmed considerably to Microsoft's latest desktop OS. The nearly 700 business technology professionals responding to our InformationWeek Analytics Practical Migration: Windows 7 survey, are far more embracing of Windows 7 in the enterprise than just under a year ago. In 2010, there's a significant change in the adoption rate of Windows 7 in addition to more positive response in testing results. As business technology professionals anticipate deploying Windows 7 in the future, it is essential to start early and develop a migration plan. This report provides a roadmap for migration, as well as best practices, tips, tools and methodologies to streamline the migration process.

  --  Today, 82% of companies with more than 500 employees have plans to
      deploy Windows 7, compared with just 62% in July of 2009.
  --  More than half of business technology professionals classified Windows
      7 as an "excellent" OS in 2010 compared to only 34% in 2009.

For full access to the research data, download now: rch-windows-7-migrations.html

"Our respondent pool was split evenly between companies with 500 to 5,000 employees and those with more than 5,000 employees," says Lorna Garey, Content Director of InformationWeek Analytics. "These big companies have been nursing XP along, but that's no longer a viable plan. Luckily for Microsoft, other InformationWeek Analytics surveys show they also don't see VDI as ready for prime time. That means we expect Windows 7 adoption to increase steadily. But the news is good for Microsoft is that business technology professionals feel Windows 7 is 'better and more useful than expected, a vast improvement over Vista, and it just works, finally'."

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