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Businesses in no hurry to migrate, claims survey

A new report is predicting a slow market for enterprise adoption of Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 release.

In a recent survey of 1100 IT professionals, 83 per cent of IT departments are not planning on adopting the new Windows operating system in the next year. The study was carried out by research firm Dimensional Research with the backing of IT management vendor KACE.

According to the researchers, economic hardships and lingering doubts from Windows Vista were the main causes for apprehension.

Overall 83 per cent of those surveyed said that their companies would be skipping Vista altogether and moving from Windows XP straight to Windows 7. Of the 17 per cent of respondents who did plan on upgrading to Windows 7 in the next twelve year, more than half said that a desire to avoid Vista was the main reason for the move.

Additionally, 50 per cent of the respondents said that their companies had considered switching to Linux or MacOS systems rather than a new version of Windows.

"Negative public perception of Vista seems to have helped build this layer of distrust with Windows 7," said Dimensional Research senior analyst Diane Hagglund.

"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."

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Most companies do, however, see themselves adopting Windows 7 in the long run. Though just 17 per cent plan on updating in the next 12 months, 42 per cent believe that they will be running Windows 7 within 12-24 months, and an additional 24 per cent plan on updating within the next 24-36 months.

The news comes as Microsoft has officially ended the official support period for Windows XP, which will turn eight years old this fall.

The aging OS doesn't seem to be worrying too many admins, however. 72 per cent of those surveyed in the study said that they were more concerned about upgrading to Windows 7 than maintaining an outdated Windows XP system.

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Though just 17 per cent plan on updating in the next 12 months, 42 per cent believe that they will be running Windows 7 within 12-24 months, and an additional 24 per cent plan on updating within the next 24-36 months.

Yeah the compatability problems of Vista can be seen here, always good to wait before getting new OS for companies...but im gona get the final version the day it is leaked :frusty:

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bearoninternet

Whats wrong with a 'bear' market. ;)

:P

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bear as in bear

or does it have some other meaning...like pedobear?

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bearoninternet
bear as in bear

or does it have some other meaning...like pedobear?

Nah, that's off topic. ;)

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This is but obvious. Who wants to spend money on things that need not be fixed.. like upgrading OS's .. when they cant retain ppl...

If Win7 was released instead of Vista... I would say it would have been a hit..

Now M$ just would just have to drink beer.

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If Win7 was released instead of Vista... I would say it would have been a hit..

Now M$ just would just have to drink beer.

agreed, but I guess they were not ready so vista got released to give them time to work a little more on win7

if anything, they shouldn't of released vista at all, and just released win7 when it was done

but, as always, leave it to microsoft to f**k things up :)

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I think Enterprise class computers don't need shitty eye-candy interfaces, but only performance (then i don't know how they use Windows xDDDDDDDD).

I supose these question were answered in time, but...

- Wasn't Vista delayed due to M$ wanting to implement a new WinFS File System ??? But they didn't put it in Vista (neither in Win7).

- How the hell Windows 7 is Windows version 6.1 ??? And how the hell a thing claimed to be good (Win7 - 6.1) can be a minor version upgrade of an ultrashit thing (WinVista - 6.0)???

So it's true, let M$ fuck everything up...

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How the hell Windows 7 is Windows version 6.1 ??? And how the hell a thing claimed to be good (Win7 - 6.1) can be a minor version upgrade of an ultrashit thing (WinVista - 6.0)???

Yes it is a just an update to Vista.

Just like from Win95 to Win 98 which was from 4.0.950 to 4.10.1998

The OS from M$ would most probably have the version as 7.0...

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Of the 17 per cent of respondents who did plan on upgrading to Windows 7 in the next twelve year, more than half said that a desire to avoid Vista was the main reason for the move.

In the next twelve years? What?

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I dont think it is 12 years... Its tooooooooo long a time.

Its should be more like 2 years.

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