88 Percent of Corporate PCs Win7 Ready Says Study

With Windows 7’s official launch next Thursday, one thing that hamstrung Windows
Vista’s corporate acceptance early on will likely not be a problem this time around.

It’s the classic problem of needing to upgrade hardware and software to support a new
or updated version of Microsoft Windows — but this time, not so much.

That’s because, whereas only half of corporate PCs met the minimum system requirements
to run Vista when it debuted in early 2007, currently 88 percent of corporate PCs meet
the minimum requirements for Windows 7, according to a new study by IT solution provider

Additionally, some 65 percent of current corporate PCs meet “optimal” system
recommendations to run the new system.

“Organizations have some work to do to shore up a small percentage of their fleet, but
the natural PC refresh cycle has more or less eliminated system requirements as a
potential stumbling block to deploying Windows 7,” Dean Williams, services development
manager for Softchoice, said in a statement.

While the lack of a critical mass of PCs able to support it helped undercut Vista at
the time, since then, corporate refresh cycles have brought a lot more Vista capable
machines into the workplace.

“We’ve seen a sea change compared to the landscape in which Vista was introduced,”
Williams said.

Meanwhile, Windows 7, which is based on Vista, is compatible with applications and
device drivers written for Vista in the past two and a half years.

Assessing 450,000 corporate PCs

Softchoice said its survey was based on 450,000 corporate PCs it analyzed between
November 2008 and August 2009 via its IT assessment services. The PCs it analyzed were
located in 248 different organizations in the U.S. and Canada in fields as diverse as
“financial, health care, manufacturing, and education.”

The study appears to re-enforce other recent news pointing to much more successful
corporate adoption for Windows 7 than there was for Vista.

An recent analyst’s report forecast an earlier and
stronger than typical
take off of corporate adoption for Windows 7.

That report, authored by Katherine Egbert of Jefferies & Company, predicts that
large-scale corporate adoptions will begin by mid-2010, a timeframe earlier than is
typical for a new version of Windows. Typically, IT organizations wait as much as a year
after its release before they start testing a new version of Windows, followed by several
months of deployment.

A ‘free’ upgrade

However, Williams said another point may help put the adoption pattern for Windows 7
into high gear. Read the rest at InternetNews.com.

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