According to a survey carried out by Softchoice, 88% of corporate PCs in the US are capable of running Windows 7.
The data is pretty interesting:
- 88% of PC capable of running Windows 7, compared to 50% when Vista was released
- 65% can run advanced features such as Aero, compared to just 6% when Vista was released
- 93% still running XP
- 5% running obsolete Microsoft OSes (currently outside of support period)
- 4% running Windows 2000
- 3% running Vista
Seems like there's huge potential for a massive upgrade wave on the face of it. However, we need to be cautious when drawing conclusions. For example:
- Survey says nothing about software compatibility
- The survey also says nothing about device compatibility
The data also raises some other interesting questions, such as:
- If 88% of PCs can run Windows 7, then that means that could also, technically, run Vista. So why aren't they?
- The data seems to suggest that there's been a lot of hardware upgrading going on over the last few years, but users have been sticking with XP. Why?
- Why are so many PCs running obsolete OSes? That's just crazy on so may levels.
Softchoice research notes here [PDF].