This story has been written before…companies did not move to Vista, but are now ready to move to Windows 7. Apparently the work of mouth and the individual beta testing has paid off for Microsoft. According to a survey, conducted by Computerworld, with over 285 IT professionals, the results show that 72% of the respondents plan to migrate to Windows 7. Of that number, 70% say that they will make the move within a year or that they already are installing it.
Windows 7 is an opportunity for IT to take advantage of new features and provide better integration. Some tool sets like Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager can save a company money by using fewer pieces of management software; it can also make managing desktops easier. Other operating systems like Server 2008 can work seamlessly with Windows 7 making integration even easier.
We will accelerate adoption for at least some desktops or applications – 19%
We will accelerate adoption of Windows 7 across the enterprise – 11%
Unsure/don’t know – 17%
Which editions of Windows 7 does your organization plan to adopt?
Home Premium – 10%
Professional – 81%
Ultimate – 23%
For Netbooks – 8%
And here is the selling point:
What new features in Windows 7 are of the most interest to your organization?
More responsive, faster to boot up – 69%
Better device management – 52%
Compatibility with Windows XP – 47%
Enterprise-specific features that work with Windows Server 2008: DirectAccess, BranchCache, BitLocker to Go, Applocker, etc. – 33%
Improved taskbar and full-screen previews – 30%
Easier data recovery/protection – 30%
Streamlined and more user-friendly user account controls – 28%
‘Snaps’ to compare two screens side-by-side – 25%
One-click access to networks – 25%
More relevant search results – 22%
Jump lists (a more intuitive way of working with files) – 16%
Other – 9%
Given that the majority of respondents had detailed knowledge about the operating system and what it had to offer signifies that many if not most were well aware of the capabilities of the software. They were satisfied that their company could benefit from the migration