New survey reveals IT professionals' views of Win 7

KACE, a provider of systems management appliances, has released the results of its January 2010 survey of 923 IT professionals. The goal of the survey was to gather data about current plans and attitudes within corporate IT organizations in their adoption of Win 7 for desktops and laptops.

More than half of participants in this survey expect to have Windows 7 deployed by the end of 2010; however, the majority of these participants are not using commercial tools for the migration.

Key Findings include:

• 46% are not waiting for the release of Service Pack 1 to deploy Windows 7
• 27% are using commercial tools for migration
• 57% are concerned about Windows 7, down from 67% in 2009
• 86% are concerned about software compatibility, consistent with 88% in 2009
• 32% are considering alternative operating systems to avoid Windows Vista or Windows 7, down from 50% in 2009
• 32% would consider deploying Macintosh if they were to replace Windows, up from 27% in 2009

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