Six in 10 firms plan to skip Windows 7, finds survey

Six in 10 firms plan to skip Windows 7, finds survey

Windows 7 will be released October 22, but has already garnered good reviews, in contrast to its disappointing current version, Windows Vista.

Many of the more than 1,000 companies that responded to a survey by ScriptLogic Corp say they have economised by cutting back on software updates and lack the resources to deploy Microsoft’s latest offering.

ScriptLogic Corp, which provides help to companies in managing their Microsoft Windows-based networks, sent out 20,000 surveys to information technology administrators to learn the state of the market.

Rejection of Vista

Many companies have rejected Windows Vista as unstable. For example, chip maker Intel Corp, Microsoft’s long- time partner in producing personal computers, has stayed with the older XP system.

The survey found about 60 per cent of those surveyed have no plans to deploy Windows 7, 34 per cent will deploy it by the end of 2010 and only 5.4 percent will deploy by year’s end.
Forty-two per cent said their biggest reason for avoiding Windows 7 was a “lack of time and resources.”

That dovetailed with another part of the survey, which found that 35 per cent had already skipped upgrades or delayed purchases to save money.

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