When Microsoft issued a bulletin to the larger enterprise sector that it should continue, if not start, migration to Windows 7 and ignore Windows 8 for the time being, we hardly knew what to make of it. We now have a clearer picture.
According to information compiled by IT provider Softchoice, Windows 7 appears to have sufficient legs underneath it to reach full enterprise dominance, even with Windows 8 slowly forming in the distance; Windows 8, perhaps given how unproven it remains, appears not to be slowing Windows 7’s adoption. Microsoft, it seems, is getting its wish.
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We could exegete on why Microsoft might want Windows 7, and not Windows 8 to be the de facto enterprise operating system moving forward, but that is a different discussion. This is what Softchoice has learned:
- 28% of corporate PCs run Windows 7, but a mere 10% of organizations are more than 50% complete in deploying the code to their computers;
- 59% of organizations that are deploying Windows 7 have moved less than 10% of their computers to the operating system;
- 60% of enterprise organizations are either testing or deploying Windows 7.
Those numbers mean that Windows 7 already has a strong corporate footprint, that those deploying it are hardly done, and that most people are either working on doing so or should soon start. That boils down to Windows 7 being a go in the enterprise market.
Now for something a bit more fun, let’s talk Vista for a moment: In January of this year, some 8% of corporate PCs ran the OS. Now it commands a full 2% market share. Ouch.
To wrap up, despite Windows 8 capturing a pile of hype, Windows 7, a proven operating system, appears to be the darling of the enterprise’s eye. Just as Microsoft wanted. Sorry enterprise workers, no Metro interface for you.