Survey: Microsoft Office 2007 Adoption Plans

Just 37% of respondents to a Computerworld/Office Letter survey say they plan to upgrade to the next version of Office

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Of those who do not know or have no plans to adopt or upgrade to Office 2007, nearly half (49%) cite both high software upgrade costs and the fact that they are already committed to Office XP or 2003 as the reason for staying put. Another 15% say the features aren't compelling enough.

Beta testers of Office 2007 have a different viewpoint. Among those who do not plan to upgrade, one third cite the dramatic change in the user interface and training issues as the primary reason they are passing on Office 2007. Another 30% cite both software upgrade costs and insufficiently compelling features as reasons for not upgrading.

If your organization has plans to adopt Office 2007, over what period of time will you phase

it in?

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 Within six months: 44%
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 Over a year: 28%
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 Over two years: 14%
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 Over three or more years: 5%
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 Don't know/haven't decided: 7%
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 Undecided/not sure: 1%
Base: 270 respondents with Office 2007 adoption plans (Numbers do not add up to 100% due to rounding.)

Nearly three quarters (72%) of those who say their organization is planning to adopt Office 2007 plan to do so within six months to one year. Smaller companies have more rapid adoption plans than do midsize or large companies.

Many beta testers also plan to adopt Office 2007 quickly, with just over half (51%) saying they will do so over a six-month period and 78% saying they will do so over the course of a year. However, it should be noted that more than half of beta users who responded are at small companies and one quarter worked in educational institutions or government organizations.

If your organization has plans to adopt Office 2007, will you upgrade existing systems or wait until it's time to buy new systems?

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 Upgrade: 56%
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 Phase in w/new systems: 29%
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 Not sure/undecided: 15%
Base: 270 respondents with Office 2007 adoption plans

More than half (56%) of the respondents who say their organization has plans to adopt Office 2007 also plan to upgrade existing systems when they do so. The response is consistent, regardless of the company size. Just under two thirds of the beta testers (64%) plan to do the same. Close to one third (29%) of respondents say they would wait until new systems were purchased to upgrade. More large companies (32%) say they will wait than small companies (24%).

Training Issues

Among those who have plans to adopt Office 2007, 64% say they will provide some kind of training; larger companies indicated fewer training plans than did small and midsize companies. Overall, just 12% of these respondents have no plans to provide training.

As for the type of training preferred, respondents were evenly split between a brief introduction, the use of online or printed materials provided by Microsoft and no decision/don't know. Those at larger companies appear less likely to use third-party resources, to spend a full or half day on training or to consider a series of classes for training.

What type of Office 2007 training are you planning to provide?

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 Brief introduction only (< 1 hour): 27%
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 Online or printed resources developed in-house: 18%
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 Online or printed resources provided by Microsoft: 27%
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 Online or printed resources from third parties: 9%
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 Full- or part-day introduction: 15%
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 Series of classes: 17%
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 Don't know/haven't decided: 28%
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 No plans to provide training: 12%
Base: 270 respondents with Office 2007 adoption plans (Respondents were asked to check all that apply.)

What do you anticipate your company's estimated one-time

cost per employee for Office 2007 training will be?

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 Less than $100: 36%
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 $100 - $300: 17%
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 $301 - $500: 10%
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 $501 - $1,000: 4%
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 More than $1,000: 1%
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 Don't know/haven't calculated: 33%
Base: 270 respondents with adoption plans (Numbers do not add up to 100% due to rounding.)
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