Most Businesses Won't Upgrade to Win7, Report Suggests

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Microsoft's Windows 7 may turn out to be "the best Windows yet," but a new poll reveals that 60% of corporations have no plans to roll it out any time soon.

Part of the problem can be blamed on Windows Vista, but in their defense Microsoft has been working hard to improve their image and regain their credibility and by appealing to customers by making it easier and cheaper to upgrade.

Economic Meltdown May Affect Win7 Deployment

For businesses, Windows 7's deployment is low on the list of priorities right now because of the downturn in the global economy.

According to a poll conducted by ScriptLogic, 60% of businesses have no plans whatsoever to deploy Windows 7. Another 34% of poll respondents said they are likely to deploy Windows 7 by the end of 2010 and 6% said they have plans to implement Windows 7 this year. (Source:

The biggest single factor influencing their decision (43% of respondents) is the amount of time and resources required for a Windows 7 rollout.

Operating systems need to be tested with existing applications, an aspect of the upgrading process that hurt Windows Vista. Some 39.1% of respondents cited compatibility issues as a factor that concerned them.

It might not be just Microsoft that suffers, however: over a third of respondents (35%) said they were avoiding costs by skipping upgrades or postponing new software purchases entirely.

A little under 20% of respondents said that they lacked the manpower to upgrade to Windows 7 because of layoffs and hiring freezes. (Source:

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