6 Out Of 10 Firms Won't Adopt Windows 7 Says Survey

A survey carried out by desktop and server management specialist ScriptLogic amongst more than 1,000 companies found out that around 60 percent of them are not planning to adopt Windows 7 when it is launched.

Microsoft's next operating system, which is set to launch on the 22nd October, has received a much better welcome compared to Windows Vista although the current economic environment means that a significant number of companies are not planning to upgrade their computer systems to cut down on costs.

Looking into the figures, only 5.4 percent of firms who answered the survey said that they would be swapping Windows XP or Vista for Windows 7 by the end of the year; the bulk of those wishing to upgrade to Windows 7 will do so by the end of 2010.

The biggest barriers to adopting Windows 7, according to the survey, are time and resources (42 percent) followed closely by uncertainties over application compatibility; something which Windows 7 ought to solve using its new XP mode.

The silver lining in the report has to be the fact that only 8.4 percent - roughly one in 13 of those who answered - say that the operating system itself will is a barrier to adoption. 20,000 questionnaires were sent out to IT and system administrators to assess their feelings about Windows 7.

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Speaking to a number of business users, one thing that emerged was the fact that there is still a lack of killer feature that would compel Windows XP users to switch to Windows 7. As the old saying would say, "if it works, don't fix it". The irony is that Microsoft might have produced its best operating system by far but it might be made obsolete by new paradigms like cloud computing and rivals like Google Chrome OS.

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