Six out of ten businesses have no Windows 7 upgrade plan

Concerns over application compatibility, time and resources mean six out of ten companies have no immediate plans to upgrade to Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system, according to a new survey.

Of more than 1,000 Microsoft Windows systems IT administrators surveyed by ScriptLogic, 59.3 percent said they have no plans to deploy Windows 7. Only 5.4 percent said they would be swapping Windows XP or Vista for Windows 7 by the end of the year. A further 34 percent said they will wait until the end of 2010 to deploy the system. The remaining 1.4 percent have already deployed Windows 7.

The research, by server management firm ScriptLogic, also revealed the biggest barriers to Windows 7. Of those that plan to avoid Windows 7, 42.4 percent cited time and resources as a barrier.

Application compatibility was a concern for further 38.9 percent of those surveyed, followed by operating system deployment and migration (8.8 percent), hardware support (7.6 percent) and migration of user settings (3.2 percent).

But economic conditions has also impacted IT plans, with 35 percent of respondents stating they saved money by skipping upgrades and delaying purchases. Nick Cavalancia, vice president of Windows management at ScriptLogic, said cost savings is another likely reason why IT administrators will put off a Windows 7 migration.

Research firm IDC predictedlast week that Windows 7 would be on half of all the client operating systems Microsoft ships to corporate users within a year.

Windows 7 is slated for release on 22 October.

Copyright © 2009 IDG Communications, Inc.

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