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Poll Results: After a year in the wild are you ready to deploy Windows 7?

See how your TechRepublic peers answered this question: After a year in the wild are you ready to deploy Windows 7?

On September 30, 2010, I asked the readers of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog three poll questions on this topic:

After a year in the wild are you ready to deploy Windows 7?

The three poll questions were almost exactly the same as the poll questions I asked in December 2009. Comparing the results, you can see the progression of thinking among IT professionals and their organizations when it comes to deploying Windows 7.

My general interpretation is that those members who were planning to migrate their deployed operating system to Windows 7 have already done so or are proceeding as scheduled and will mostly complete the process within 12 months. On the flip side, those members who are not planning to migrate to Windows 7 are remaining steadfast with their current operating system. However, it does seems that the opposition to a migration is starting to see the writing on the wall when it comes to making an eventual deployment. Perhaps it is inevitable.

Take a look at the graphs and tell us how you interpret them? What is your current operating system deployment plan? Is Windows 7 in your future?

The 2010 poll results

Comparing 2009 results with 2010

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

11 comments
IC-IT
IC-IT

In an EDU type environment. All our Classrooms have been on Win 7 for about 3 months. 40% of Staff currently on Win 7. The rest are going to be on after new systems arrive. Minor learning curve, nice overall.

jfuller05
jfuller05

My personal opinion, the department I work for will change to Windows 7 by the time Windows 9 (or whatever title will be used) is released. :)

oldbaritone
oldbaritone

As is typical with Microsoft products, if you wait for the release of SP1, you'll be much happier with the outcome. Again, another Windows Operating System was rushed to market filled with bugs that should have been found during testing. Early users of the OS became the de facto beta testers. Like its predecessors, XP and Vista, Windows-7 suffered from many glitches that caused endless headaches for users. SP1 has been out for a few months, and I'd expect that by the time SP2 is released, 7 will be the much more solid, robust and reliable OS that we expect from Windows. Buying a release 1.0 Operating System from Microsoft has been problematic for many years, and 7 was no exception. Give them enough time, and enough patches, and finally they'll get it right.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Take a look at the graphs and tell us how you interpret them? What is your current operating system deployment plan? Is Windows 7 in your future?

eScoop
eScoop

I'll grant you that Vista and even the now beloved XP were not ready for prime time but that was just not the case with 7. 7 was better than the Service Packed Vista and was more robustly secure than XP way back at the Beta stage. Come on. Yes, we understand that Microsoft did irrepairable damage to themselves reputation-wise with Vista but 7 is and has been a different animal right out of the starting gate. I lost no hardware, lost no software and lost no real amount of time to the upgrade to 7 so far. Those things which were old and tired and I still didn't want to replace, I can run and have run in xp Mode and get the job done just as completely as before. My customers who have upgraded have been pleased with the fresher look, feel, and feature set. It's up - it's not buggy. Let's get over the past and see what is being offered today. Microsoft has a winner in 7 and you should be able to see it unless you just have an old... a very old ax to grind.

JD@Tassie
JD@Tassie

In one employer we are looking at transitioning to Ubuntu, but we're doing it very slowly. Currently we have a number of 10.04 Netbooks which all seem to work fine with our printers/scanners/projector etc so any further hardware purchases will be done with that in mind. I'm not sure whether we'll stick with 10.04 or not though, will depend on how long the transistion takes. Most of our desktop hardware is relatively new and runs fine under XP SP3 but XP age is showing and even a clean SP3 install doesn't run as sweet as I remember back in the SP1 days. As far as Win OSes go I think 7 is quite good. At my other other I use a Win7 laptop and despite it being significantly slower to start & log-in that my old XP one all-in-all I don't mind it. You get the occasional bug and strange behaviour but generally no worse than Ubuntu (although when an app freezes in Ubuntu the whole PC doesn't become useless). I'd choose Ubuntu 10.04 over any Win OS currently, especially on older hardware, it just runs so much better and faster. But if I had to choose a Win OS, I'd choose 7 over XP (and Vista wouldn't even rate a mention).

ian3880
ian3880

It's not up to Service Pack 2 yet.

rkuhn040172
rkuhn040172

Let's face it, most software nowadays (OS'es and others like office suites) are so good that there is no compelling need to upgrade unless and until you acquire new hardware. My standard m.o. here is if someone ask me when we're upgrading, I first make them give me a list of features that they need that they currently don't have. Game over...

santeewelding
santeewelding

Do you wish-wash about that as much, as well?

santeewelding
santeewelding

Are you speaking some form of ancient Tasmanian Palawa, translated through to English, or, talking from a flat in Brooklyn? Get that squared away, first. I appreciate your need for anonymity -- re, your Tasmanian ID -- as well as not, which I despise when you tell me you "need to understand". So do I. Your post reminded me of when my young daughter, in my lap, we both regarding faux stones which made up the fireplace in our home, she asking, "Daddy, which stone is your favorite?" How do you answer a child in that circumstance? Do you play along? Do you encourage her in her fantasies? Or, do you cut to the quick? You, in the entirety of your post, may as well have been asking everyone here which pebble on the ground they get excited about. I don't get excited about pebbles on the ground, or fake stones in the fireplace. Didn't then; don't now. Nor, do I enjoy any who try -- or, who are so immersed in -- to gin faux excitement up in same. Has to be a singularly unexciting life for one to compose and invest all that much in a post about pebbles, when there is so much more that besets us.

JD@Tassie
JD@Tassie

I don't quite understand your comment, it's context or what part of my post it refers to. Are you suggesting that by not stating that I either love or hate Win 7 that I am being wishy-washy? Or are you suggesting that I should push for my employer to dump XP and embrace Linux asap (despite the fact the current system seems to work quite well) and deal with the possible fallout then? Got lots I'd like to say but I think I need to understand your comment better first...

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