Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on April 8, 2009
A new survey suggests that this fall’s introduction of windows 7 could provide a badly needed boost to Microsoft’s corporate sales. A poll by ChangeWave reported by ZDnet found that 44% of the 68 corporate users testing Windows 7 were “very satisfied” with the software. A similar poll taken by ChangeWave in February, 2007, a few weeks after vista’s launch, found just 10% expressing a similar sentiment.
The number of users survey is small and the results should be taken with a grain of salt. But the findings are consistent with what testers (myself included) have been saying about Windows 7 across the board.
Depending on the state of the economy and corporate IT budgets early next year, it’s possible that Windows 7 could enjoy the fastest enterprise adoption rate of any version of Windows. A lot of corporations were relatively slow to move to XP because they had successfully deployed Windows 2000 and there was not a huge advantage to an immediate shift. And the bulk of enterprises skipped vista entirely. This means they are now running a very old operating system that Microsoft is laboring mightily to retire; “mainstream” support for XP ends next month. These factors could set the stage for a rapid ramp of Windows 7.