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Poll Results: Which edition of Microsoft Windows does your organization use?

See how your TechRepublic peers answered this question: Which edition of Microsoft Windows does your organization use?

On January 24, 2011, I asked the readers of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog this poll question:

Which edition of Microsoft Windows does your organization use?

The question stemmed from a comment by member Daniel Breslauer suggesting that TechRepublic should not limit Quick Tips and How Do I blog posts to only the professional versions of the Windows operating system.

TechRepublic is really designed from the ground up to be geared toward IT professionals of all stripes, and with that perspective the assumption is that most readers are using the Windows Professional. Of course, all readers are welcome, and we try to be as helpful to as many readers as we can, but we have to make certain assumptions about our readers' level of knowledge.

As you can see from the poll results, the majority of respondents are indeed using one of the professional versions of Windows. Perhaps the most interesting result is that 70% of the respondents are sticking with Windows XP Professional for now.

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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.

12 comments
NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Until the configuration utilities from the vendors whose equipment we support work reliably in Win 7 or in compatibility mode, we're sticking with XP.

paradoxstorm
paradoxstorm

I'm upgrading machines to Win 7 Pro as we replace them or add new ones. XP was a great OS, but its time has passed. I still have 3 systems in my office that run XP, but the are getting upgraded as soon as I can convince the management to replace them.

wesley.chin
wesley.chin

Sticking with XP Pro. Finances are not such that adopting Win7 is possible.

linda
linda

XP Professional is still in use for workstations, with Server 2003 R2 on the network server and domain controller. Have not rolled out any new versions; haven't seen good enough reason to change what works very well for us.

scherzva
scherzva

Win7 got rid of a lot of issues that XP had (memory, slowness and crashing), never looked back.

oldbaritone
oldbaritone

Home editions of Win do not support Domain membership, etc. So of course organizations with multiple employees use Pro. We needed to do a poll to discover that?

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

I thought the same as you, but I keep getting people telling me that I should specify that this tip or that tip only works with the professional version. They insisted that a large number of readers were using home versions. Now, I can show them why we don't cater to the home version.

Daniel Breslauer
Daniel Breslauer

I'd specifically be interested in how many are using Business/Professional and how many using Enterprise. Meaning, just take Windows Vista/7, and the poll options only WIndows Vista/7 editions. Something like this: * Home Basic * Home Premium * Business/Professional * Enterprise * Ultimate But the results of the poll as they turned out are interesting as well!

davedbe
davedbe

This way its cheaper and easier.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I'll put W7 on new hardware, and on older hardware that will support it IF I'm moving that machine from one user to another. Otherwise there is no plan to begin mass OS conversions from XP at this time.

Slayer_
Slayer_

Not for at least another 7 years. Amazingly, management, head of development, etc. None of them see a flaw with this plan of theirs... I try telling them and they tell me that they don't intend to worry about it right now.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Movement away from Windows XP is moving very slowly; what are your organization's plans regarding Windows 7 migration?

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