Dimensional Research has just completed the fourth in a series of surveys sponsored by Dell KACE. Over 900 IT professionals completed this survey on the adoption of Windows 7.
The news is very good for Windows 7. More than half plan to deploy before the end of the year with many IT departments not planning to wait for SP1 to deploy. Concerns about performance and reliability have dropped significantly since the release of Windows 7. Key findings include:
- 87 percent of survey respondents plan to deploy Windows 7 compared to 47 percent who had plans to deploy Vista at a comparable point after its release;
- 46 percent of the total surveyed revealed they have plans to migrate even before the release of SP1;
- 86 percent reported concern about software compatibility when migrating to Windows 7;
- 25 percent expressed concerns about Windows 7 performance, down from 47 percent reported during the 2009 survey;
The study reveals an interesting opportunity here for products like those offered by Dell KACE since 72% of participants plan to do their Windows 7 migration manually or using free or point imaging tools.
The press has been covering this report, with some of my favorite stories here:
You can download a copy of the full report here.