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Windows 7 at a Year

Microsoft Windows 7Jeffrey Schwartz, executive editor of Redmond Channel Partner and an editor-at-large at Redmond magazine, website recently wrote a story on Windows 7, one year after deployment:

MicrosoftOne year after formally releasing its Windows 7 desktop OS, Microsoft is making note that adoption among enterprises is exceeding expectations.

Microsoft recently disclosed it has shipped 240 million copies of Windows 7, accounting for approximately 20 percent of all 1.2 billion Windows PCs now in use. Windows 7 hit its one-year anniversary on Oct. 22…

In an interview, IDC analyst Al Gillen says many enterprises have already begun Windows 7 migrations — and those that haven’t, will. “Ninety percent of customers have plans in some way, shape or form to be moving toward Windows 7,” Gillen says.

That figure is echoed by Forrester Research Inc., which recently released a report focused on Windows 7 commercial adoption. Only 7 percent of those surveyed by Forrester a year ago said they planned to deploy Windows 7 this year, yet 46 percent actually said they’ve begun or will begin deployments.

An additional 42 percent plan to deploy Windows 7 in more than 12 months, while 1 percent are considering alternatives such as Windows 8, Macintosh systems and PCs running Linux desktop distributions.

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