Note : Before reading, please note that this article was translated (not by any online translator though) from French for everyone to understand. If you happen to speak French, click the supplied link to read the original article. Thanks
According to a study of a cabinet of Dimensional Research, reported by the magazine Information Week, the Pro-ITs and enterprises still aren't convinced of the possibilities of the next OS by Microsoft, Windows 7. According to the first estimate, the migration should be slow, even very slow in certain cases.
"The first beta testers has shown a lot of positive feedbacks towards the functionnalities and performances of Windows 7, notably in comparision with Windows Vista", explains the study, but the enterprises stays distrustful a lot, at least, at first. In all, 1100 pros were questionned and it appears that 83% of the corporations has planned to ignore Windows 7 in its first year of availability. Insomuch as Windows Vista didn't turn out to be very popular, this signifies that a lot of enterprises will continue to use Windows XP, an OS where Microsoft's updates are officially stopped today to get in extended technical support.
From the corporations that does not want to update their hardware, the half of them mention a lower budget because the economical crisis. "One of the recurring points concerns the software compatibilities", specifies the study in question.
The future of Windows 7 doesn't seem to be pinkier because less than 42% of the questionned enterprises has planned to deploy on their hardware between 12 and 24 months only after being available. In 24% of the cases, the update will proceed between 2 and 3 years after the official release of Windows 7 and for 17% of pros, they'll wait more than 3 years.
We only need to know if the Redmond firm will know how to surprise ITD and if Windows 7 will answer to their expectations
Original in French : Windows 7 : reste à convaincre les professionnels
Translated by me.
My comments : Such a pain for such an awesome OS... Seeing those results the most will want to wait for at least the first service pack
Btw, it's officially today that XP (like it was translated in the news) goes into extended technical support (so no more bug fixes for you XP-lovers!!!).
P.S First news! Too bad... I'm not skilled enough to post in the right forum...