Study finds SMB Accelerating Windows 7 Adoption Plans

2010 promises to be an exciting year for Microsoft. We can all expect Microsoft to introduce a lot of new products and innovations – one of which is Office 14 or Office 2010. Microsoft will also be integrating the cloud into most if not all of their products. But before we even go that far, let us examine the performance of their latest operating system – Windows 7. How is Windows 7 performing specially in the small and medium business(SMB) space.

According to a new report by Spiceworks, Inc., small and medium businesses are accelerating plans to migrate to Windows 7 following the operating system’s October 22, 2009 launch, This and other findings were uncovered in a global survey of over 1,500 IT professionals. The survey was designed to investigate adoption sentiment among small and medium businesses (SMBs) before and after the official Windows 7 debut.

The survey was fielded during the first two weeks of October and the last two weeks of November 2009 by the Spiceworks Voice of ITTM market research program.

Respondents were among the 850,000 SMB IT professionals from around the world who use Spiceworks to manage their computer networks. Survey result highlights include:

– Small and medium businesses are speeding up plans to adopt Windows 7. The survey found a 20 percent increase in the number of SMBs planning to speed up their adoption rates of Windows 7 following the official launch. Plans to start upgrades “immediately” and “in the next 90 days” increased by 10 percent respectively post-launch.

– IT pros at the smallest firms (<20 employees) are most aggressive in their upgrade plans. Over 40 percent plan to start upgrading in the first 90 days post-launch. This is more than double the rate of organizations with more than 20 employees, and it differs from past behavior among this market segment, which is historically slower to adopt new operating systems.

– Speed as a reason for upgrading jumped 11 percent post-launch. Among those moving faster with their Windows 7 adoption plans post-launch, the top three reasons for doing so were speed (73 percent), user interface (69 percent) and switch from their current OS (57 percent).

– Windows 7 upgrade plans differed between various regions of the world. Nearly 10 percent more IT professionals at SMBs in the North America (NA) and Asia/Pacific (APAC) regions are upgrading at a faster rate than their counterparts in the Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and Latin America/South America (LA/SA) regions.

– In the next 12 months, the majority of Windows 7 installations will be on existing machines. 45 percent of Windows 7 installations will be on new machines, while 55 percent will be on existing machines.

More SMBs plan to upgrade, and a larger number of them are speeding up their upgrade plans. This could be a very positive sign for Windows 7 adoption within the SMB market segment, which accounts for the majority of business computers in the world.

The survey of IT professionals had 1,530 respondents from 85 different countries in organizations with fewer than 1,000 employees.

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