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Businesses Won't Deploy Win7 Until 2011

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Survey data has revealed that an overwhelming percentage of businesses will not be embracing Windows 7 in the next year.

Computing enthusiasts, especially those who are using the beta, can’t wait to get their hands on final version of Windows 7, however the vast majority of IT professionals working for businesses appear to be holding off for at least a year before upgrading to the future of the operating system.

According to a survey of 1,142 IT professionals conducted by Dimension Research, 84 percent of respondents do not plan for a Windows 7 implementation within the next 12 months. One of the top reasons for the slow plan for adoption is Windows Vista’s reputation of being an IT nightmare. Admins are holding off to see how Windows 7 pans out, despite the overall positive feedback from beta testers.

“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,” said Diane Hagglund, senior research analyst for Dimensional Research and the survey’s author, according to ZDNet. “Negative public perception of Vista seems to have helped build this layer of distrust with Windows 7.”

The survey also revealed some other interesting points. 72 percent of admins were more concerned about upgrading to Windows 7 than staying with the eight-year-old Windows XP.

Perhaps the most interesting is that 50 percent responded that they were considering leaving the Windows platform altogether and seeking alternatives operating systems.  27 percent cited Mac OS X as the top alternative, with the remaining piece of the pie split between various forms of Linux such as Red Hat, Ubuntu and SUSE.

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    Anonymous , April 14, 2009 6:39 PM
    Well this is good. Encourages Microsoft to release a good well coded product. It better be equal or faster than XP, otherwise win7 might flop. Oh yea can it better be able to run Crysis maxed out, or you suck Microsoft ^-^
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    Anonymous , April 14, 2009 6:42 PM
    Ummmmm.... Since when do businesses ever do that? I was recently layed off from an uber-corporation, they'd been developing/testing their Vista image for about 2 years, and it has yet to pass UAT testing. Most of it came down to driver and software support(including internally developed software), FFS, they could've developed and certified a Linux image in less time than that without any help from the hardware vendors...
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    ispyamoose , April 14, 2009 6:45 PM
    I know that my university computer administrators are planning to upgrade all campus machines to Windows 7. All the new machines will run just anything (minus games).

    Since I work for the university, it just means that the next four years of my college career will be tough. Sure, the campus machines are all the same, but student machines I will have to work on could have XP, Vista, or Windows 7. Ugh.
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    fuser , April 14, 2009 6:45 PM
    I seriously doubt that the OEMs will be offering a Vista downgrade on their new systems once Windows 7 is released. Does this mean that these corporations are planning to hold off on replacing old desktops?

    Our company will be adopting Windows 7 rather quickly.
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    A Stoner , April 14, 2009 6:49 PM
    Microsoft has only themselves to blame. I also think a large part of the reason companies my be willing to switch to a new OS is Microsoft's Carte Blanche wipe of it's entire interface for a new one. If you are going to make the switch, the time is now, when you end up with the same amount of interface relearning time if you stick with Microsoft or Change to a new OS altogether. Thus, if you were already leaning that way, this is the final push over to the dark side.

    Of course, companies planning to switch to Vista and did not complete in time can just move right into Vista II, err I mean Windows 7.
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    avericia , April 14, 2009 7:05 PM
    Anyone who has vista on their home box wouldn't question why companies are very hesitant to go to 7.

    Vista is the most annoying OS i have ever used, but it looks nice reminds me of Age of Conan and funcom's quality products.
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    FHDelux , April 14, 2009 7:10 PM
    "Computing enthusiasts, especially those who are using the beta, can’t wait to get their hands on final version of Windows 7"

    I love that statement simply because half those enthusiasts will torrent the hacked copy, and the other half will continue to run windows XP because they don't want to pay 200 dollars for an operating system that doesn't work any better than XP does.

    Apple needs to open OS X up to normal PC hardware, now is the time.
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    frozenlead , April 14, 2009 7:17 PM
    I've never dealt with Vista from an administrative standpoint (active directory, etc.) but from my personal viewpoint, it's an excellent OS. The only reason businesses shouldn't upgrade to 7 (or even Vista) is if (a) they're under-informed, or (b) use older hardware. I prefer Vista over XP, having used Vista for 7 months or so, now, for work and play.

    I find it hard to believe they're willing to rid themselves of their PC hardware base and invest (likely 2 or 3 times as much) in Mac hardware and software, which is far less compatible with other hardware than Vista is.

    I've used the beta for 7, also, and it's very impressive. I'm considering replacing all my OSs with 7 (even machines with XP).
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    frozenlead , April 14, 2009 7:19 PM
    FHDeluxApple needs to open OS X up to normal PC hardware, now is the time.


    Do you think that will be any cheaper, or less pirated, if Apple does release it (which they won't, considering it won't run with half the hardware out there...)?
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    GenKhan2 , April 14, 2009 7:20 PM
    Isn't it about time to acknowledge greatness?

    WinXP - Best OS EVER
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    oicw , April 14, 2009 7:22 PM
    fuserI seriously doubt that the OEMs will be offering a Vista downgrade on their new systems once Windows 7 is released. Does this mean that these corporations are planning to hold off on replacing old desktops?Our company will be adopting Windows 7 rather quickly.


    Well, presumably the corporations would still have their old XP liscenses, so it's only a metter of re-installing XP onto the new machines.

    Also, 95% of "business computing", i.e., writing reports, memos, machine control, inventory management, and such, can be performed fairly well on an 5 year old machine - Athlon 2500 w/ 1gb ram running WinXP. If more computing power is needed for things like engineering / content creation apps, they'd get a proper workstation for those specific users, instead of upgrading every machine to "modern" specs.
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    oicw , April 14, 2009 7:28 PM
    frozenleadDo you think that will be any cheaper, or less pirated, if Apple does release it (which they won't, considering it won't run with half the hardware out there...)?


    The price shouldn't be any different from a normal OSX. They're not holding off the release because of hardware support, but the fact that their hardware division would bankrupt almost instantly.
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    techguy911 , April 14, 2009 7:31 PM
    That not the problem compatibility they goofed on vista many software packages that ran on xp don't run on vista.

    example: i have a customer that does land survey there software is custom costed $60,000 does not work in vista they don't want to pay another 60k to get it working with vista.

    In my book less than 100% compatibility is bad.
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    Anonymous , April 14, 2009 7:47 PM
    @fuser: Large corporations don't order desktops from dell with the standard dell crapware infested OS it comes with, they have the same techie people who install the PC at the user's desk install the OS via the corporations intranet, and nearly all have a custom version they've developed that includes their spying/monitoring software for tracking employees.
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    jsloan , April 14, 2009 7:51 PM
    from all ive read from reputable web sites, businesses are holding off upgrading to windows 7 and will continue to run windows xp. also oems like dell will continue to offer downgrade to windows xp and microsoft will continue to extend support for windows xp. the problem is windows vista and the fact that windows 7 is vista with tweaks. i'm running it and products have the same problems with it that they have with windows vista, basically i'm having to apply the same workarounds as found on google to products that I run on Windows 7 as I've had to do to get them to run in Windows Vista. Also, I've had to upgrade my hardware, more powerfuly cpu and more memory, it's an improvement over Vista, but things like periodic shadow copies slow down my boxes. Windows 7 as with Windows Vista is just sluggish and the more I play with it the more disappointed I get with some of the kernel changes which results in stalls due to how Vista and how Windows 7 queues and schedules requests to harddisks, reminds me of some of the stalls people had when running Windows 9x, ouch... My machine has even periodicaly frozen for disturbing amounts of time without keyboard or mouse response while installing products that decrypt and uncompressed large packages. This being the worse.
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    Tindytim , April 14, 2009 8:02 PM
    Windows 7 isn't out. It may not even come out until sometime next year, so a year seems pretty fast to me.
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    techtre2003 , April 14, 2009 8:16 PM
    I would guess the current economy would be an issue too. A lot of times the IT department doesn't get the budget it really needs, and in tough times it's one of the first places to take cuts. I think a new OS costing $300/computer may be a hard sell right now.
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    martel80 , April 14, 2009 9:05 PM
    jsloan... reminds me of some of the stalls people had when running Windows 9x, ouch... My machine has even periodicaly frozen for disturbing amounts of time without keyboard or mouse response while installing products that decrypt and uncompressed large packages.

    Come on, you have to operate your HDD in DMA mode. PIO mode won't get you far regardless of hardware. :) 
    I guess you don't have to enable DMA manually nowadays... like you had to in Win 9x.
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    Anonymous , April 14, 2009 9:29 PM
    @techtre: Most large corporations get those licenses for $10 or $20, medium to smaller might pay more. Only a small business with few computers would actually have to pay the full retail price. Prefered Microsoft Partner companies can even get employees free(or very cheap) Microsoft Software like Office 2007 to use on their home PCs(completely for personal use, not for work).
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    gorehound , April 14, 2009 9:43 PM
    I won't touch it until late 2010 or even 2011 as well.
    I do video/audio work as well as other stuff and my PC is not broke so why try and fix it ???
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