Windows 7 Business Penetration Improving, Still Under 50%

Windows 7 Business Penetration Improving, Still Under 50%

Lack of enthusiasm for Vista meant that Windows XP managed to outlast almost every prediction for how long it would stick around. But it looks like Windows 7 has well and truly turned that tide, with 94 per cent of new PCs now shipping running Windows 7 and 42 per cent of corporate desktops running the OS, according to research firm Gartner.

While that might sound like a low figure if you’re an early adopter who is already salivating for Windows 8, business adoption of new operating systems is always much slower. Planning to switch operating systems often takes a year or more and involves considering a stack of fairly complicated issues.

Microsoft is doubtless breathing a sigh of relief at the Windows 7 uptake, but the future still looks tricky. Gartner anticipates that the shift towards virtualisation and the widespread adoption of BYO device policies means that we might not see the same pattern of widespread migration again:

Gartner’s forecast assumes that Windows 7 is likely to be the last version of Microsoft OS that gets deployed to everybody through big corporatewide migration. In the future, many organizations will also use alternative client computing architectures for standard PCs with Windows OS, and move toward virtualization and cloud computing in the next five years.

Has your workplace moved to Windows 7 yet? Do you wish it had, or are you happy on XP? Tell us in the comments.

Gartner Says Windows 7 Will Be Running on 42 Percent of PCs in Use Worldwide By the End of 2011 [Gartner]


  • We’re getting there. The majority of our organisation (a school) runs Windows XP, but that’s because of a few reasons.

    For one, we were waiting for other schools to try it out before committing, secondly, with 1000+ computers, deployment isn’t that quick. Third, these machines are leased so we’ll wait until their lease is up (next year). That kind of ties in with #2

    And finally, we’re still running some legacy software that doesn’t play nice with Windows 7 without some issues (e.g. our library system requires admin privileges. Not something we’re giving to staff just yet.

    But our fleet of 300 netbooks and all staff machines are running Windows 7, as well as IT, and it’s been great so far. Far smoother than Vista, for sure.

  • Running Autodesk and Logitech products on my (eighteen month old) Win 7 machine still causes a lot of headaches in our Vista-dominated workplace.

    Drag-and-drop hardly ever works ffs….

  • Some government-created software we have to use is dropping all windows XP support in the next month or two, so I’m starting our 7 rollout quite soon. If it wasn’t for that, I’d probably stagger the rollout over a year or so as we retire old hardware.

  • The company I work for doesn’t want to pay to upgrade SAP, so we’re stuck on XP. I would love to upgrade, but I don’t think it will happen any time soon.

  • I know of two major banks that are trialling Windows 7 with the intent to roll out early 2012. One has a hangup on an internal accounting system that doesn’t play nice with anything other than IE6. *shudders*

  • We moved to 7 some time ago with a new PC roll-out. I am however still using my old XP machine as I broke Windows 7 on my new one and haven’t been bothered to fix it.

    We still have to support XP for our products, for that we use VMs. We are strongly encouraging all of our client to upgrade too.

  • I would like to roll 7 out, preferably at the end of the year but every time we ask DET they refuse us. I find this ridiculous when all we want to do is develop the image for an end or year deployment.

  • Still using XP at work.
    Features of Windows 7 that I miss:
    1) Drag-to-edge window arrangement thingy
    2) Indexed search/run command in the Start Menu (kinda – even the indexed search seems 100x slower than Spotlight on Mac)
    3) …
    Features of Windows 7 that I don’t miss
    1) Outrageous price tag for above 2 features
    2) Need to buy a new computer for no reason other than to struggle along with Windows 7

  • Still using XP and 2000 and quite happy with it. Though some lazy Government programmers are using .Net and forcing me to ditch 2000. I hate .Net and actually hate any application that has to use an oversized runtime environment, which is what .Net is. I should get some flame for this 🙂

    One day, probably within a year I suppose I’ll be forced to upgrade to Win 7. But the question is why should I, Office still runs just as fast as it did when I first got my XP machine 5 years ago. If I don’t add a lot of fat lazy written software on my machine

  • I am in year 11 and my school has recently upgraded the whole school (approx. 500 computers) to windows 7. We are slowly converting to Mac with year 9’s getting dual boot macs with the govt. 1:1 program. All the teachers are also geting macs. Our school uses novell so they had problems with W7 and novell so it tok them time.

  • We have started rolling out Windows 7 where I work and I have done a lot to get the migration moving. We are currently pushing universal images of 7 64-bit to all new computers with plans to upgrade the remaining machines (that meet the minimum requirements) in Q4. We have had a lot less virus issues and issues related to sluggish performance coming in to the helpdesk since moving to 7.

  • My School (I’m the network admin) is sitting at roughly 450/460 pc’s using windows 7, 10 of them have been built for a specific program that requries windows xp, and server 2003.
    staff PC’s are a mixture of windows 7, vista and XP, all of the XP ones are getting replaced by windows 7.

    even on an old Lenovo/IBM R61, windows 7 speeds it up.
    our administration though is still Vista, until next year (can’t upgrade without the department saying)

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