Windows 7 adoption plans: Computerworld survey results

Computerworld's survey about Windows 7 implementation plans ran online from Jan. 13 to Feb. 10, 2010. Most of the questions and answers appear below. (The main story about Windows 7 implementation plans appears here.)

Research assistance for this survey was provided by Mari Keefe, editorial project manager.

Does your organization plan to adopt Windows 7 at some point?

Yes - 72%

No - 11%

Don't know - 17%

Total respondents: 285

If yes, in what time frame will your organization START the transition to Windows 7?

We are implementing it now - 33%

6 to 12 months - 37%

12 to 18 months - 11%

18 to 24 months - 5%

24 to 36 months - 5%

More than 3 years - 1%

Unsure/don't know - 8%

Total respondents: 205

Over what period of time will your organization COMPLETE the transition to Windows 7?

We are finished now - 6%

Within the next few months - 8%

6 to 12 months - 23%

12 to 18 months - 18%

18 to 24 months - 13%

24 to 36 months - 13%

We will complete in more than three years - 7%

Unsure/don't know - 13%

Total respondents: 205

If you're not planning to move to Windows 7, why not?

[Select all that apply]

Benefits not sufficient to warrant adoption - 59%
Cost - 44%
No business need - 44%
Too time-consuming - 38%
Migrating to another desktop operating system - 19%

Source: Computerworld online survey; 32 respondents

Will you deploy Windows 7... [Select all that apply]

On existing machines - 62%

On new machines as they are refreshed - 82%

Through virtual desktop technologies (VMware VDI, Citrix XenDesktop, XenApp, etc.) - 22%

Total respondents: 205

Virtualization and deployment methods

If you are deploying virtualization with Windows 7, how will you do so? [Select all that apply]

Will upgrade existing virtualized PCs to Windows 7 - 19%

Will move existing PCs to virtualization as part of Windows 7 upgrade - 17%

Will move new PCs to virtualization as part of Windows 7 implementation - 18%

We are not planning on using virtualization with Windows 7 - 60%

Total respondents: 205

Will you run Windows 7 on... [Select all that apply]

Desktop PCs - 93%

Laptops/notebooks - 91%

Virtual PC environments (i.e., Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, VMware vSphere, etc.) - 33%

Netbooks - 16%

Total respondents: 205

Do you plan on using PC virtualization technology (such as Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, VMware vSphere, etc.) to facilitate deployment of Windows 7?

Yes, for existing virtualized PCs only - 12%

Yes, will move other PCs to virtualization as part of Windows 7 deployment - 20%

No, won't use any PC virtualization technologies to deploy Windows 7 - 68%

Total respondents: 205

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