Survey results: Economy delays Windows 7 implementation

If you're running into problems because of the economy, you're in good company

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Windows 8, expected to be released in 2012, will introduce users to a new touch-based user interface but will also include a traditional Windows 7 mode for running legacy applications. How will the release of Windows 8 affect your plans?

Windows 8 will have no affect on our Windows 7 migration plans - 33%

We may wait and transition some machines to Windows 8 - 4%

After migrating to Windows 7 we will probably skip Windows 8 - 10%

Windows 8 creates some uncertainty for our plans with Windows in general - 3%

Too early to say; Windows 8 neither positively nor negatively affects our Windows 7 migration plans at this time - 42%

Unsure/don't know - 8%

Total respondents: 210

Virtualization and deployment methods

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

On existing machines - 63%

On new machines as they are refreshed - 90%

Through virtual desktop technologies (VMware VDI, Citrix XenDesktop, XenApp, etc.) - 21%

Total respondents: 210

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 - 20%

Will move existing PCs to virtualization as part of Windows 7 upgrade - 13%

Will move new PCs to virtualization as part of Windows 7 implementation - 9%

We are not planning on using virtualization with Windows 7 - 67%

Total respondents: 210

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

Desktop PCs - 97%

Laptops/notebooks - 95%

Virtual PC environments (i.e., Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, VMware vSphere, etc.) - 37%

Netbooks - 30%

Other - 1%

Total respondents: 210

Did you use/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 - 11%

Yes, for existing virtual PCs, and we plan to virtualize other PCs as part of the Windows 7 deployment - 19%

No, won't use any PC virtualization technologies to deploy Windows 7 - 70%

Total respondents: 210

Did your organization wait for the first service pack, which debuted in March 2011, before deploying Windows 7 in a production environment?

Yes, we waited - 22%
No, we didn't wait - 41%
Service pack was available by the time we get around to deployment - 20%
Service pack release was never a factor in our deployment plans - 14%
Don't know - 2%

Source: Computerworld online survey; 210 respondents

How is your organization phasing in Windows 7?

We will follow our usual migration schedule - 46%

We will accelerate adoption for at least some desktops or applications - 12%

We will accelerate adoption of Windows 7 across the enterprise - 15%

We are following/have followed a slower-than-usual migration schedule because of the economy - 22%

Unsure/don't know - 4%

Total respondents: 210

How will you deploy Windows 7? [Select all that apply]

Conventional ISO installation - 43%

DVDs by IT staffers - 35%

Remote network-based deployment using Microsoft System Center - 22%

Unsure/don't know - 11%

Other - 23%

Total respondents: 210

How is your organization phasing in Windows 7?

We will follow our usual migration schedule - 48%

We are following/have followed a slower-than-usual schedule because of the economy - 22%

We will accelerate Windows 7 adoption across the enterprise - 15%

We will accelerate adoption of Windows 7 for at least some desktops or applications - 12%

Unsure/don't know - 4%

Total respondents: 210

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