∞ Survey: 60% of companies will skip Windows 7

This is a case where history is coming back to bite Microsoft. In a recent survey done by ScriptLogic, 60 percent of respondents say they will skip Microsoft’s latest operating system when it’s released later this year. Windows 7That’s 60 percent that have no plans to deploy the OS at all. A further 34 percent said they will deploy it by the end of 2010 and a miniscule 5.4 percent said they would deploy it by the end of 2009.

Those are pretty dismal numbers for a company that is banking on its new operating system to pull it out of the doldrums of Vista.

The legacy of Windows Vista is really hurting Microsoft at this point. Many companies viewed that OS as unstable, leaving some of its biggest corporate clients staying with Windows XP, including Intel.

One of the biggest concerns that companies have with moving to Windows 7 was a worry about compatibility with their existing hardware and software. The last thing these people need is to upgrade their operating systems only to find out that many of the apps they rely on don’t work properly.

Microsoft made its bed when they released Vista, a half-hearted release at best. Now they are suffering the consequences when some of their most reliable customers are not going upgrade.

Of course, Microsoft also botched the pricing for Windows 7 too, so it doesn’t look like they are going to have a successful launch. Consumers will get the OS whenever they buy a new computer, so they can count those, but that’s not the same as having corporations around the world upgrading.

  • I think this is actually a smart move. While Microsoft has touted a lot of Windows 7, the hardware support isn’t going to get any better. Instead, Microsoft is relying on the world catching up to what Vista expected.

  • Eric

    Our IT department skipped Windows Vista altogether. They will likely deploy Windows 7 once the economy improves as they buy new computers.

    But even though we always buy the latest Macs, when we buy PCs, they are at least 2 years old (with a few exceptions for CAD workstations). The reasoning is that the hardware has become a commodity and will have all the fixes out by the time the computer is purchases. And they don’t think they need to be very powerful. Which for most people, who use at most PowerPoint, Word and Excel, they don’t need the latest and greatest.

    But we do get the latest Macs because that’s where all the heavy lifting is done in Photography, Video (FinalCut and After Effects) and development of multimedia.

  • MSFT jumped the shark with Vista. They confused ease of use and elegance, with eye candy and flash (not Flash). There’s no fundamental business benefit to move to Vista or Win7 and business certainly aren’t going forgo fiduciary responsibilities for animated task bars and translucent menus.

    I get a giggle out of the fact that suddenly all those services which we were always told were critical to Windows operations can now be turned off after all! Next they’ll be telling us IE is an optional component… No, wait…..

    It’s funny watching Redmond trying to catch up now that the folks with the vision are no longer the ones pounding the tables at meetings. They’re suffering from typical sales think. What did you do for me last quarter? and… I need one of those, coz the other guy has got one.

    The slippery slope has had them for years.

  • John Baxter

    Sorry, Jim. “No current plans to deploy Windows 7” does NOT mean “we will skip Windows 7. It means what it says.

    Frankly, 41% planning to deploy by the end of 2010 is a huge number. Over the same interval, the results for Windows XP are in the 12% to 14% range.

    You may with to read Ed Bott on this:


  • Who actually has the budget to upgrade if XP is still being supported?

    My company is at least 90% Windows-based, but I have to wonder whether our IT people have been ignoring two years of genuine support budget discrepancies between XP and OS X.

  • Jim

    I’m actually shocked the number isn’t higher. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Windows 7 – a huge contrast to the horror stories of Vista. One would think that people currently using Vista (for whatever reason) would jump on the opportunity to grab Windows 7 – if for no other reason than to “fix” everything that’s wrong with Vista.

    Unfortunately, my new job will require me to use a PC all day, and Vista is the OS installed. You can bet I’m going to be begging for Win7 upgrade the moment it’s available.

    That being said, I sure am glad to be a Mac user!

  • “If it isn’t broke, why fix it?” That’s the question most businesses will be asking themselves and the fact is, if you’re running XP and all your apps run fine and your computers are working, you’re not going to just go out and upgrade.

    However, you will eventually have to buy new hardware and my guess is that a lot of that new hardware is going to come with Windows 7 on it. Even traditionally anti-Microsoft sites are commenting on the significant performance boost of W7 over Vista and even XP in many cases.

    While businesses may not go out and upgrade, my guess is that 2-3 years from now, once IT budgets again allow for more computer purchases, you will see the vast majority of businesses running Windows 7.

  • Alan Smith

    Matt McCormick is right about it not being broken with XP. However, I see economic downturn as being longer 2-3 years for businesses. We are still using computers with XP and do not see any change for at least for 5 more. When businesses use old hardware and software they wake up to the fact that newer is no always better and can be forgone. Bad news for MS which sells much of its OS to computer manufacturers (HP, Dell, others are the losers).

    John Baxter- sorry, but I disagree with your analysis. No new deployments means no sales for Windows 7 and does NOT guarantee any purchase in 2010 or even 2011.

    MS will pay the price much longer than they hope.

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