Forrester: Windows 7 powers 1 out of every 10 business PCs

Forrester: Windows 7 powers 1 out of every 10 business PCs

Summary: While Windows 7 is running on only one out of every 10 PCs at North American and European businesses,that percentage will grow considerably in the coming year, according to a new report from Forrester Research.

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While Windows 7 is running on only one out of every 10 PCs at North American and European businesses,that percentage will grow considerably in the coming year, according to a new report from Forrester Research.

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Between June and August of this year, Forrester surveyed more than 2,300 2,321 IT execs in the U.S., Canada, France, German and the UK. These individuals represented both small/mid-size business and enterprise companies with two or more employee

Forrester found that one year after Windows 7's launch (which happened on October 22, 2009), XP is still powering 75 percent of business PCs, compared to the ten percent currently powered by Windows 7.

Microsoft officials said just over a week ago that the company had sold 240 million Windows 7 license in the first year the product was available. That figure included sales to both business and consumer customers..

But as businesses refresh their hardware mix, adding new PCs, the Windows 7 business adoption rate will grow. At present, Windows 7 is deployed on 31 percent of brand-new PCs purchased by business users surveyed by Forrester. And the research firm is predicting that within a year, that number will grow to 83 percent.

Forrester also found via its latest survey that 90 percent of business contacted expect to migrate to Windows 7 eventually.

"Last year when we fielded a similar survey, only 7% of firms said they planned to deploy Windows 7 within the next 12 months or that they had already begun. This number has skyrocketed to 46% of firms now reporting that they have already begun or will begin deploying Windows 7 within the next 12 months," the Forrester researchers said.

An additional 42 percent of firms surveyed said they were planning to deploy Windows 7 in more than 12 months. Another 10 percent have not yet looked into Windows 7 enough to make a prediction and another one percent claim to be considering "alternatives" to Windows 7, including Windows 8, Mac and/or Linux.

A full copy of Forrester's "Updated 2010: Windows 7 Commercial Adoption Outlook" report is available for purchase from the Forrester site.

Topics: Windows, Hardware, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software

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  • RE: Forrester: Windows 7 powers 1 out of every 10 business PCs

    So most of the licenses sold thus far were mostly consumers? I really think MS should consider leaving the consumer markets seeing as they have no impact there... dying brand and all that.
    majg
    • Exit the consumer market

      Hi. A number of MS customers and partners agree with you. But MS is doing anything BUT exiting the consumer space. In fact, they are becoming more and more focused on the consumer market and are spending billions in advertising and development on consumer products. Some folks I talk to fear they are in danger of losing focus on the business side of the house because of this consumer obsession. But that doesn't seem to concern SteveB &co... MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
      • RE: Forrester: Windows 7 powers 1 out of every 10 business PCs

        @Mary Jo Foley

        Seeing as how well recieved Windows Server 2008 & R2 were I think those fears are a bit premature.
        mikefarinha
      • If that is the issue at all

        MS started with a big focus on both, but let the consumer side slip away to Apple.
        Smart money says you focus on both markets, as long as MS doesn't forget the business side they should start re-investing in the consumer side, as they've shown they are willing to spend the money, too.
        John Zern
      • RE: Forrester: Windows 7 powers 1 out of every 10 business PCs

        @Mary Jo Foley
        I think majg was being sarcastic.
        Really, with Windows gaining more and more market share, and Windows 7 growing this fast everywhere, I can't take anyone seriously when they say it's a dying brand.
        Darkninja962
    • RE: Forrester: Windows 7 powers 1 out of every 10 business PCs

      @majg

      Dying brand? I'll bet Windows 7's Market share for consumers is far beyond that of Mac.
      09049273
      • RE: Forrester: Windows 7 powers 1 out of every 10 business PCs

        @09049273 ... Umm, duh... look at Forrester's results from the article!! It clearly shows that Windows Vista AND Windows 7 individually double (or more) the market share held by Apple. Windows is still 92% of the whole market, so you're right... calling it a dying brand is ridiculous, but kind of obvious to anyone that isn't hiding in Steve Jobs' back pocket.
        GoodThings2Life
  • Wow, those are sobering numbers considering the fuss made

    All the Apple zealots scream and yell and cheer and shout and jump every time a new Mac is deployed in a business somewhere yet here we have a true measure of how well OS X is doing in the enterprise:

    Vista: the OS all the Apple zealots love to hate, has nearly twice the marketshare when compared to [b]all[/b] Mac OSs out there.

    Windows 7: in 1 year, has more than double the marketshare when compared to [b]all[/b] Mac OSs out there.

    [i]This number has skyrocketed to 46% of firms now reporting that they have already begun or will begin deploying Windows 7 within the next 12 months[/i]

    In a year, you could see Windows 7 with more than 50% marketshare.

    [i]one percent claim to be considering "alternatives" to Windows 7, including Windows 8, Mac and/or Linux.[/i]

    In a year, you could see OS X with 5% marketshare, assuming that 100% of that 1% chose Mac over Windows 8 and Linux.

    Sobering numbers for all those Apple zealots who claim that Apple is winning in the enterprise.
    NonZealot
    • RE: Forrester: Windows 7 powers 1 out of every 10 business PCs

      @NonZealot

      No worse than the WinTards proclaiming how great Windows is. Hint: It's not.
      itguy08
      • RE: Forrester: Windows 7 powers 1 out of every 10 business PCs

        @itguy08 ... Actually, 92% of the world thinks it's great enough to stick with it... even while they're running Apple devices. You may call it "necessity" but people are always in control of what they use.
        GoodThings2Life
      • RE: Forrester: Windows 7 powers 1 out of every 10 business PCs

        @itguy08
        I tend to disagree. But lets look at facts.
        Vista was a 'terrible' release. bombed in the press, and people that never even used it professed to hate it.
        But instead of switching to very well known alternatives, they waited for the next release of Windows.
        Hint: it is.
        mdemuth
      • RE: Forrester: Windows 7 powers 1 out of every 10 business PCs

        @itguy08
        Keep your hints to yourself, and the thankfully minuscule numbers of Mactards zealots. Nobody else could understand your propaganda. Remain in your ignorance towards extinction -- you are doing natural evolution a big favor.

        While 92% of rest of the world, couldn't care less about Macs existence or not.

        Cheers for 35 years of continued and proven insignificance!

        [i]~~~~~~~~~~~
        It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.
        ~ Mark Twain[/i]
        WinTard
      • 92% have never heard of anything else

        And that's why you're a 'tard.
        ahh so
      • ahh so

        You're kidding, right?

        Everyone has heard of the Mac. You might be right about Linux, but not the Mac. There were more commercials about the Mac than I have ever seen for any Windows version ever.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • geoffypoo666

        [i]You're kidding, right?[/i]

        No, I'm not kidding.

        [i]Everyone has heard of the Mac. You might be right about Linux, but not the Mac.[/i]

        And that's [b]exactly[/b] what I was speaking about.

        Besides Macs aren't ready for the enterprise. They may never be.
        ahh so
      • But Linux is?

        How is Linux any more ready for the enterprise?
        Michael Alan Goff
      • And what do you think most webservers run on?

        http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2010/10/12/october-2010-web-server-survey.html

        They're not ready for the prime time?

        I suggest you educate yourself, little man.

        lol...
        ahh so
      • I have a good question:

        Are you allergic to answering questions without insulting people? It seems that every time I ask you a question, I get insulted.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • And I have another good answer

        [i]Are you allergic to answering questions without insulting people? It seems that every time I ask you a question, I get insulted.[/i]

        And I just answered you, little man. Keep an open mind and you might get even better answers.

        Run along to mommy, now. She's calling.
        ahh so
      • You gave me numbers on how many people are using it

        Not WHY they're using it or HOW it is better than the others.

        -Does it manage resources better than the other Unix variants and Windows?
        -Is it initially more secure or is it the supreme reconfigurability that leads to better security?
        -Is it faster?

        I know that more servers do use Linux, but the fact is that I don't know -why- they use it more.
        Michael Alan Goff