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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Which editions of Windows 7 does your organization plan to adopt? [Select all that apply]

Home Premium - 6%

Professional - 91%

Ultimate - 25%

For Netbooks - 5%

Total respondents: 210

What percentage of your organization's Windows desktops will be migrated to Windows 7 in the next three years?

Less than 20% - 1%

20% to 50% - 4%

50% to 75% - 8 %

75% to 100% - 61%

All production desktops - 27%

Total respondents: 210

What types of desktops/machines will your organization run Windows 7 on? [Select all that apply]

New desktop PCs or laptops bought specifically for this upgrade - 77%

PCs purchased within the last year - 62%

PCs between 1 and 2 years old - 55%

PCs between 2 and 3 years old - 35%

PCs more than 3 years old - 13%

Total respondents: 210

Features most cared about

Which new features in Windows 7 are of the most interest to your organization? [Select all that apply]

More responsive, faster to boot up - 68%

Better device management - 56%

Compatibility with Windows XP - 44%

Enterprise-specific features that work with Windows Server 2008: DirectAccess, BranchCache, BitLocker to Go, Applocker, etc. - 31%

Streamlined and more user-friendly user account controls - 29%

Easier data recovery/protection - 28%

Improved taskbar and full-screen previews - 21%

'Snaps' to compare two screens side-by-side - 19%

More relevant search results - 14%

One-click access to networks - 12%

Jump lists (a more intuitive way of working with files) - 12%

Other - 18%

Don't know - 4%

Total respondents: 210

Why did your organization upgrade to Windows 7, or why is it planning to upgrade?

[Select all that apply]

Skipped Vista, Windows XP is getting old - 64%
Need to keep current - 50%
Need to improve security - 33%
We paid for it as part of our enterprise license agreement; might as well upgrade - 18%
We're also adopting other new desktop or server software and might as well get it all done at once - 16%
Other - 16%

Source: Computerworld online survey; 210 respondents

Respondents' demographics

What is your primary job title?

IT manager - 35%

Director of IT/IS - 19%

CIO - 8%

Vice president of IT/IS (VP/sr. VP/EVP) - 6%

CTO/chief technology officer - 5%

Other - 28%

Total respondents: 238

How many people do you estimate are employed in your entire organization, including all branches, divisions and subsidiaries?

Over 40,000 - 4%

30,001 - 40,000 - 2%

20,001 - 30,000 - 3%

10,001 - 20,000 - 3%

5,001 - 10,000 - 6%

1,001 - 5,000 - 13%

501 - 1,000 - 7%

100 - 500 - 24%

Fewer than 100 - 38%

Total respondents: 238

Which of the following best describes your organization's primary business or industry?

State/local government (including law enforcement) - 9%

Health/medical services - 8%

Computer services (ISP/ASP/MSP/BSP/ESP/Web hosting) - 8%

Education - 7%

Manufacturing (non-computer industry) - 6%

Finance/banking/accounting - 6%

Business services (non-computer) - 5%

Wholesale/retail trade - 3%

Transportation/logistics - 3%

Energy/utilities - 3%

Total respondents: 238 (all answers not reflected above)

Next: Windows 7 is on a (slow) roll.

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