Windows 7 Saves 43 Hours, or $1,400 Per PC

We know from personal experience that Windows 7 is a faster, smoother, smarter and more capable operating system than it predecessors. But now businesses are finding that there may be a worthwhile investment in stepping up to a more modern operating system.

Microsoft blogged about findings published in an IDC whitepaper (sponsored by Microsoft, mind you) that showed that for businesses that use Windows 7, each user saves an average of about 43 hours, or $1,400 total benefit per PC, annually.

Furthermore, researchers at IDC found the payback to companies started just after seven months and a return on investment of 375 percent.

While such lovely and optimistic numbers were well accepted by Microsoft, the main savings thanks to Windows 7 are due to features that we've experienced as well in our enthusiast purposes. Such features include faster reboots, shorter start-up times and other under-the-hood performance upgrades. IT managers also cited fewer software failures as another time and money-saving feature.

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  • bin1127
    I'd like to know what kind of avg productivity / worker they are using. Say my employees just twitter and updates their facebook all day then a pen and paper can save me the cost of the computer itself.
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  • insider3
    I've been trying to convince my company to upgrade to windows7 for the longest. Still on XP on computers that can handle windows7. I can't count how many times I had to do reinstalls or use ASR because of glitches etc.
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  • willgart
    I have started with the Beta version at the office and never get any issue from the day 0. And 7 save a lot of time for me for searching document / application, I never use the shortcuts (except the pinned applications) or the big program list under the "start" menu.
    Now I'm on an XP station, and I see the difference in my daily job, its slower, longer to find applications & documents.
    7 is definitely a winner OS.
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  • insider3
    I've been trying to convince my company to upgrade to windows7 for the longest. Still on XP on computers that can handle windows7. I can't count how many times I had to do reinstalls or use ASR because of glitches etc.
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  • dacman61
    I've avoided Vista like the plague, but Windows 7 runs fantastically for me... I currently run it in a VirtualBox session on top of latest version of Kubuntu.
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  • nahdogg
    Maybe it's my machine but my 4 month old lappy with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit needs to be rebooted constantly...I'm not sure if it's conflicts with apps or what but going from XP 32 bit to Win7 I'm not impressed thus far...tons of IE hangs, action center hangs, lots of end tasking.
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