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60% of businesses to avoid Windows 7

updated 03:05 pm EDT, Mon July 13, 2009

60pc of Biz Avoiding Win 7

Despite Microsoft's hopes for Windows 7, most companies are likely to pass on the system entirely, a study today suggests. Of the more than 1,000 companies involved in the ScriptLogic investigation, 60 percent say they have no plans to upgrade at all, while 34 percent don't expect to move on the platform until sometime in 2010. Only 5.4 percent actually plan to update in 2009.

The blame for the hesitation is equally spread between economic and software concerns. About 42 percent say cutbacks have precluded upgrading to the new OS, but almost as many at 39 percent have cited compatibility fears as their reasons to avoid the new release. Windows 7 is founded on the same basic code base as Vista and therefore shares many, though not all, of the problems running software that refuses to run in any version later than XP.

Microsoft has taken to introducing a virtualized copy of Windows XP in Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate in a bid to placate these customers, but may have little success based on the findings.

While it remains to be seen whether the results are wholly accurate, a rough translation of these to practical sales could be harmful to Microsoft. It saw an extremely rare revenue drop in the early portion of the year that revolved significantly around poor Vista uptake in business as well as resistance to run Vista on netbooks that can't run the demanding OS smoothly.



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  1. resuna

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    Not bad

    It's still likely to have a better short-term uptake rate than Vista. :)

  1. iphonerulez

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    If they don't need it

    then why bother to upgrade. Windows XP is certainly good enough. Microsoft might have a bit of a cash shortfall if businesses really are refusing to upgrade for another half a year or until they purchasing new computers. Right now, the businesses are gunshy and I don't blame them. Well at least consumers are willing to upgrade willingly or will get Windows 7 when they buy new computers. It will take some time for a majority transition. Wow! I never thought businesses would have the balls to tell Microsoft to stick it for this long a time. I'm tempted to test it to see exactly how it stacks up against Windows XP in running speed and resource use.

  1. testudo

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    Big deal

    Wow! You're telling me that businesses are NOT going to update to the latest version of an operating system the moment its going to be released? You're kidding me!

    Then again, as the article states, the primary reason for this would be obvious. Saving money in a tough economic climate.

  1. MisterMe

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    Breaking News:

    The sky is blue.

    Businesses always lag at least one version and many lag two versions behind Microsoft's current commercial offering. This practice has nothing to do with the National or World economy. Companies are not willing to risk their mission-critical applications on new Microsoft operating systems.

    This has become an increasingly vexing problem for the Redmond Monopoly. Microsoft purchased Virtual PC/Virtual Server in an attempt to deal with it. That did not work out so well.

  1. MisterMe

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    Breaking News:

    The sky is blue.

    Businesses always lag at least one version and many lag two versions behind Microsoft's current commercial offering. This practice has nothing to do with the National or World economy. Companies are not willing to risk their mission-critical applications on new Microsoft operating systems.

    This has become an increasingly vexing problem for the Redmond Monopoly. Microsoft purchased Virtual PC/Virtual Server in an attempt to deal with it. That did not work out so well.

  1. mytdave

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    no reason

    The reason companies upgraded so readily in the past is they needed a version that worked. XP was the version of Windows that finally worked, so risk averse businesses are not going to upgrade any time soon - especially when Vista made it clear that the new version was worse, not better.

    Further, there are finally viable options in the market place. Linux, while not Sally Secretary friendly yet, is solid and stable. We've just finished converting all our local labs over to Red Hat, and will not be going back. Corporate IT still hasn't seen the light though... It'll take them about 5-10 more years to figure it out and start converting the back end. Corp. desktop PCs will probably remain on Windoze forever though.

  1. paulgunn

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    Mac anyone?

    It would be interesting to also find out how many of those businesses are actually thinking about going Mac because of the successes of Apple products such as the iPhone.

  1. testudo

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    Re: No reason

    The reason companies upgraded so readily in the past is they needed a version that worked.

    What companies did you work for? Because many companies didn't even upgrade to XP that quickly (took them years). h***, I heard from a friend who attended a Navy/Marine Corps Intranet meeting that they were hoping to get their last 25,000 Win 2k machines up to XP by the end of the year.

    XP was the version of Windows that finally worked,

    Actually, for businesses, Win2K was the version that finally worked. XP was the version that finally worked for consumers.

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