Poll: IT pros love Windows 7; majority dump Vista upgrade plans

Poll: IT pros love Windows 7; majority dump Vista upgrade plans

Summary: Beta testers of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system are four times as likely to be happy with the new OS than early users of Windows Vista, according to a recent poll of corporate IT pros.In a poll of corporate IT professionals conducted by ChangeWave Research, 44 percent of the 68 users testing Windows 7 said that they were "very satisfied" with the beta.

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Beta testers of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system are four times as likely to be happy with the new OS than early users of Windows Vista, according to a recent poll of corporate IT pros.

In a poll of corporate IT professionals conducted by ChangeWave Research, 44 percent of the 68 users testing Windows 7 said that they were "very satisfied" with the beta. A similar survey by ChangeWave in February 2007, just weeks after Vista's launch, found just 10 percent of the respondents expressing the same sentiment.

Researchers said that those who are happy with Windows 7 cited the new operating system's improved performance as a big reason for their reaction.

"Takes less memory and boots faster, and reminds me of a new XP," one IT professional told the researchers.

In the same survey, approximately 2,000 enterprise users responsible for IT purchases were polled to find out their companies' current Windows plans. According to the poll, 53 percent of respondents said that their businesses are going to skip Vista altogether and instead wait for the arrival of Windows 7.

Only 15 percent said that their organizations would still proceed with a Vista rollout, and about 14 percent said that their companies were already deferring some PC and server purchases in anticipation of Windows 7.

Researchers had the following to say:

Of course, beta testers tend to be hard-core techies and the ultimate test is how satisfaction holds up when mainstream users get their hands on the new software.

Importantly, Microsoft should remember Windows 7 isn't the only game in town.

Back in a February 2008 ChangeWave corporate IT spending survey, Apple's Mac OS Leopard system received a 53% Very Satisfied rating from users – 9-pts higher than the new Windows 7 gets currently.

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Topics: Operating Systems, Microsoft, Software, Windows

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  • Is this an argument? No, it's getting hit

    on the head lessons.

    Come on. Of course they are happier. But the real problem is, it is a false dichotomy: Would you like a less broken operating system, or a more broken one? Of course most will reply that the former is the corret choice - but not much of one.

    After the initial schoolgirl rush of a new OS wears off, it's easy to see that what is new is really sort of old, and not so slick, except for the smoke and mirrors interface.

    When the smoke clears, and the mirrors smudge, will these same companies (anecdotal, to be sure) really be happy, or simply settling for 'better than the worst option'.

    I didn't notice 'weathering out the current storm with a proven performer' as one of the bars in the chart, with XP below it. Is that because the Microsoft overlords won't allow it?
    chrome_slinky@...
  • RE: Poll: IT pros love Windows 7; majority dump Vista upgrade plans

    Sure they will be happy, just as they are happy now with Vista, after teh SP1 Vista is fine, I use Vista and Win7 every day, they both run great.

    And im really happy with Win7, I just dont have any complaints about any of them, no crashes, no BSOD's everything does "JUST WORK" and its been that way since XP and before.

    Win7 is just the continuation of products that are working very well for millions of people all day every day..... just like VISTA.

    Aussie_Troll
    • Just today

      I went to Hulu.com to watch a TV show I missed last week. Tried Firefox - BZZZZT had some cryptic error pop up. Hmm, must be an IE-only site! So I start up IE and BZZZZT - same error.

      SO now I dual-boot into XP and use firefox - works perfectly! So is that a Riska problem or not?
      Roger Ramjet
      • "Just today"

        Not necessarily - You would also need to provide the error message.
        gitreel
  • A more accurate headline:

    IT Pros dump Vista upgrade plans.

    'Nuff said.
    SpikeyMike
    • ah but...

      ...this is ZDnet.

      comp_indiana
      • ah but ...

        this is becoming more and more MicrosoftNet.

        It was only a couple of years ago that Microsoft were saying that they need to take more control of the blogosphere.
        Amelioration
    • Vista just wasn't truly market ready; hopefully W7 will be.

      At least that's my opinion. With the lack of Legacy drivers it meant that any company switching to Vista stood the potential to have hardware upgrade costs tied to the cost of the software. And immediate costs or atleast the hassle of switching back to what they ran previously. Microsoft downplayed this flaw as much as possible. Even the last round of ads on TV where they showed people using Vista who were told it was something else were misleading at best. They were wowed by things that had nothing to do with the majority of complaints against the OS. I don't know why Microsoft even bothered except to convince the most basic of computer users, new users, or those who were going to buy a complete system from scratch. I guess it will remain to be seen if the driver issue gets a replay. I'm going to wait and see what's said before I commit. Meanwhile, I love my XP and plan to keep several PCs with it installed!
      jhand47201
  • Using Windows 7 = Updated Vista (bug fixes)

    I must say that so far so good with Windows 7 , however I found the homegroup creation still buggy and a few quirks with UAC settings not enabling Gadgets to work and had to do some tweaking in the registry already to bypass the permission issues. Other than that the Aero boost in features is nice and the face-lift is great.

    I'll be posting videos on my observations on youtube shortly here http://Youtube.com/PCWizKid

    Cheers
    PCWizKid
  • RE: Poll: IT pros love Windows 7; majority dump Vista upgrade plans

    I was hoping that you actually compared a poll assessing
    Vista in beta with today's poll. First, the sample population
    differs. I also think that in the Beta phase upside opinions
    are helped when respondents project the benefits of new
    features and the problems are laid off as something that
    will get fixed before it goes RTM.

    After release, it is what it is and it's either roll back or roll
    on until the SP (I'm using Windows phraseology here, but
    this point applies to all software), maybe, fixes the
    problems.
    DannyO_0x98
  • Confirmed, Vista = ME2

    Interestingly what is the other 32%
    Alan Smithie
    • Move along

      nothing to see here
      Loverock Davidson
    • Confirmed, Vista = ME2

      I love when people who have no clue what they are talking about attempt to compare two completely unrelated things.

      Get your story straight.

      Vista is nothing like ME. Vista is more secure, more stable, and is still being supported after Windows 7 comes out.
      gitreel
      • However...

        They like the beta of 7 a lot more at the same stage of their respective life cycles. Which either means that they think that 7 is way better than Vista, or from the other point of view, or they think that Vista sucks compared to 7.

        That and 50% of corporates (corporates only?) are going to skip Vista. But I guess it all shows the downside of version churn, especially in a recession.

        FYI, I prefer the policy of skipping versions unless there's something majorly compelling. A big part of that is I don't like updating/reworking/redesigning perfectly usable code just because Microsoft/Apple/*nix etc have changed things because they see the need for change.
        zkiwi
      • Umm if you used Vista you would know

        it's no ME, I used ME sir and Vista is no ME. But then again you probably wouldn't know that.
        TheBottomLineIsAllThatMatters
        • Sadly, I've fixed both many times

          W7 is a vast improvement over Vista, as was XP to ME
          Alan Smithie
          • Sadly, I've fixed both many times

            XP was not the successor to ME. It was the successor to Windows 2000.
            gitreel
          • In what ME was supposed to be

            As in 32/16 bridge, technically XP was ME successor. W2000 was NT successor dude ;)
            Alan Smithie
          • Wrong

            XP is NT 5.1. It was the successor to Windows 2000. 2000 and ME were out at the same time. ME was the successor to 98SE. Windows 9x was drop kicked to the curb and XP followed 2000. To say that XP was the successor to ME is not only false, it is a blatant lie.
            gitreel
          • product lines converge

            In the sense of direct code inheritance, no XP is not the successor. However, Microsoft cut the 9x/ME line after ME and unified their home and business lines through XP in the form of Home and Pro versions. Codewise, these are descended from NT, but from the point of view of the general public, computers went 95, 98, 98SE, ME, XP Home. In that sense, XP is the successor of ME.
            xelan