Windows 7: 83% Of Businesses Won't Deploy Next Year
Microsoft may need to keep its Windows XP operating system around a little longerat least for its deep-pocketed corporate customers.
Mainstream support for XP ends Tuesday but, in news that bodes ill for Redmond and the broader PC industry, new data first obtained by InformationWeek indicates that only a small percentage of businesses plan to migrate to Windows 7 in its first year of availability.
Economic concerns and worries about compatibilitythe bugbear that doomed Vista in the corporate marketwill keep Windows 7 on the shelf for all but a handful of enterprises until at least 12 months after the OS becomes available later this year or early next, depending on Microsoft's release schedule.
"Early beta testers are providing many glowing reports about the functionality and performance of Windows 7, especially compared to Windows Vista," note market watchers at Dimensional Research, in a survey that will be released this week. "But is corporate IT excited about the new operating system, or do they dread yet another release?"
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