Windows 7 adoption plans: Computerworld survey results

Computerworld's survey about Windows 7 implementation plans ran online from Jan. 13 to Feb. 10, 2010. Most of the questions and answers appear below. (The main story about Windows 7 implementation plans appears here.)

Research assistance for this survey was provided by Mari Keefe, editorial project manager.

Does your organization plan to adopt Windows 7 at some point?

Yes - 72%

No - 11%

Don't know - 17%

Total respondents: 285

If yes, in what time frame will your organization START the transition to Windows 7?

We are implementing it now - 33%

6 to 12 months - 37%

12 to 18 months - 11%

18 to 24 months - 5%

24 to 36 months - 5%

More than 3 years - 1%

Unsure/don't know - 8%

Total respondents: 205

Over what period of time will your organization COMPLETE the transition to Windows 7?

We are finished now - 6%

Within the next few months - 8%

6 to 12 months - 23%

12 to 18 months - 18%

18 to 24 months - 13%

24 to 36 months - 13%

We will complete in more than three years - 7%

Unsure/don't know - 13%

Total respondents: 205

If you're not planning to move to Windows 7, why not?

[Select all that apply]

Benefits not sufficient to warrant adoption - 59%

Cost - 44%

No business need - 44%

Too time-consuming - 38%

Migrating to another desktop operating system - 19%

Source: Computerworld online survey; 32 respondents

Will you deploy Windows 7... [Select all that apply]

On existing machines - 62%

On new machines as they are refreshed - 82%

Through virtual desktop technologies (VMware VDI, Citrix XenDesktop, XenApp, etc.) - 22%

Total respondents: 205

Virtualization and deployment methods

If you are deploying virtualization with Windows 7, how will you do so? [Select all that apply]

Will upgrade existing virtualized PCs to Windows 7 - 19%

Will move existing PCs to virtualization as part of Windows 7 upgrade - 17%

Will move new PCs to virtualization as part of Windows 7 implementation - 18%

We are not planning on using virtualization with Windows 7 - 60%

Total respondents: 205

Will you run Windows 7 on... [Select all that apply]

Desktop PCs - 93%

Laptops/notebooks - 91%

Virtual PC environments (i.e., Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, VMware vSphere, etc.) - 33%

Netbooks - 16%

Total respondents: 205

Do you plan on using PC virtualization technology (such as Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, VMware vSphere, etc.) to facilitate deployment of Windows 7?

Yes, for existing virtualized PCs only - 12%

Yes, will move other PCs to virtualization as part of Windows 7 deployment - 20%

No, won't use any PC virtualization technologies to deploy Windows 7 - 68%

Total respondents: 205

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

Respondents' demographics

What is your primary job title?

Systems administrator - 29%

Director of IT/IS - 20%

IT staff - 11%

CIO - 10%

IT manager - 7%

Vice president of IT/IS (VP/sr. VP/EVP) - 5%

CTO/chief technology officer - 5%

Other - 5%

Total respondents: 238 (not all answers reflected above)

How many people do you estimate are employed in your entire organization, including all branches, divisions and subsidiaries?

Over 40,000 - 8%

30,001 - 40,000 - 1%

20,001 - 30,000 - 2%

10,001 - 20,000 - 4%

5,001 - 10,000 - 6%

1,001 - 5,000 - 16%

501 - 1,000 - 9%

100 - 500 - 21%

Fewer than 100 - 33%

Total respondents: 238

Which of the following best describes your organization's primary business or industry?

Education - 14%

Computer services (ISP/ASP/MSP/BSP/ESP/Web hosting) - 10%

Health/medical services - 8%

Manufacturing (non-computer industry) - 7%

State/local government (including law enforcement) - 6%

Finance/banking/accounting - 4%

Nonprofit - 4%

Wholesale/retail trade - 4%

Total respondents: 238 (not all answers reflected above)

Which version of Windows is currently running in your IT operation?

[Select all that apply]

Windows XP - 93%

Windows Vista - 35%

Windows 2000 - 15%

Windows 98 - 3%

Windows 95 - 2%

Source: Computerworld online survey; 205 respondents

Which Windows versions are in use

What percentage of your organization's desktops run Windows?

None - 0.5 %

1% to 10% - 3%

11% to 25% - 1%

26% to 50% - 3%

51% to 75% - 5%

76% to 100% - 87%

Total respondents: 205

If the bulk of your existing PCs are running Windows XP, when will you upgrade them to Windows 7 or replace them with Windows 7 PCs?

Before the end of 2011 - 40%

Before the end of 2012 - 20.5%

Before the end of all XP support, in April 2014 - 39.5%

Total respondents: 205

This story, "Windows 7 adoption plans: Computerworld survey results" was originally published by Computerworld.

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