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Windows 7 adoption plans: Computerworld survey results

March 9, 2010 06:00 AM ET

Computerworld - 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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