Business Warming Up to Windows 7, Cooling on XP
A new survey shows that businesses are finally starting to let go of Windows XP and turn towards Windows 7.
Dimensional Research recently conducted a survey of nearly 1,000 IT professionals and found worries about upgrading to Windows 7 had decreased while worries about maintaining Windows XP had increased.
The survey found that 87 percent of survey respondents plan to deploy Windows 7 compared to 47 percent who had plans to deploy Vista at a comparable point after its release. Further, 46 percent of the total surveyed revealed they have plans to migrate even before the release of SP1. DR reports that 25 percent of people expressed concerns about Windows 7 performance but this is down from 47 percent last year.
However, upgrading an entire network to a new OS is not an easy, or cheap task and this is something that those surveyed are concerned about. The survey showed that 60 percent of the respondents were worried about the cost and overhead of migrating to Windows 7, but that figure is down from 72 percent last year.
Similarly, the cost of maintaining a system that is nearly a decade old can be costly; 40 percent of the respondents said that they're worried about the hassles of maintaining Windows XP as it gets older. This figure is up from 28 percent last year.