Windows 7 adoption plans: Computerworld survey results

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How will your organization phase in Windows 7?

We will follow our usual migration schedule - 53%

We will accelerate adoption for at least some desktops or applications - 19%

We will accelerate adoption of Windows 7 across the enterprise - 11%

Unsure/don't know - 17%

Total respondents: 205

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

Conventional ISO installation - 39%

DVDs by IT staffers - 34%

Remote network-based deployment using Microsoft System Center - 25%

Unsure/don't know - 17%

Other - 12%

Total respondents: 205

Will your organization wait for the first service pack before deploying Windows 7 in a production environment?

Yes, we will wait - 19%
No, we won't wait - 34%
Expect first service pack to be available by the time we get around to deployment - 26%
Service pack release is not a factor in our deployment plans - 17%
Don't know - 4%

Source: Computerworld online survey; 205 respondents

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

Home Premium - 10%

Professional - 81%

Ultimate - 23%

For Netbooks - 8%

Total respondents: 205

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

Less than 20% - 5%

20% to 50% - 11%

50% to 75% - 20 %

75% to 100% - 38%

All production desktops - 27%

Total respondents: 205

Features most cared about

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

More responsive, faster to boot up - 69%

Better device management - 52%

Compatibility with Windows XP - 47%

Enterprise-specific features that work with Windows Server 2008: DirectAccess, BranchCache, BitLocker to Go, Applocker, etc. - 33%

Improved taskbar and full-screen previews - 30%

Easier data recovery/protection - 30%

Streamlined and more user-friendly user account controls - 28%

'Snaps' to compare two screens side-by-side - 25%

One-click access to networks - 25%

More relevant search results - 22%

Jump lists (a more intuitive way of working with files) - 16%

Other - 9%

Total respondents: 205

Why is your organization planning to upgrade?

[Select all that apply]

Skipped Vista, Windows XP is getting old - 64%
Need to keep current - 45%
We paid for it as part of our enterprise license agreement; might as well upgrade - 24%
Need to improve security - 22%
We're also adopting other new desktop or server software and might as well get it all done at once - 12%

Source: Computerworld online survey; 205 respondents

Internet Explorer 8 is included in the Win 7 image. Is that a deal-breaker for your organization?

Yes - 10%

No - 78%

Unsure/don't know - 12%

Total respondents: 205

If the inclusion of IE8 in the Win 7 image is a deal-breaker for your organization, why is that?

We have custom applications that will not run properly in IE8 - 57%

We have not finished testing IE8 - 19%

Our intranet requires an older version of IE - 14%

Other - 10%

Total respondents: 21

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 - 73%

PCs purchased within the last year - 61%

PCs between 1 and 2 years old - 47%

PCs between 2 and 3 years old - 24%

PCs more than 3 years old - 11%

Total respondents: 205

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