Windows 7 'Early Adopters' Described in Report

A report issued last week by Forrester Research found generally positive views about Windows 7 among some early adopters.

Forrester collected information from nearly 40 customers for the study. IT managers were most excited about not having to rely on third-party software companies for applications such as encryption, WAN management and VPNs, according to the report.

Forrester considers Windows 7 to be an "evolutionary" advance, rather than a revolutionary change from Windows Vista. Still, the report found praise among the early adopters for Windows 7's advances in usability, security, power management and remote connectivity for enterprise users.

The stumbling block for many organizations migrating to Windows 7 from Windows XP may be application compatibility. Forrester estimated that about two thirds of XP-based apps can't run natively on Windows 7. One solution to that problem is to adopt client virtualization. One in three IT managers consulted for the report used client virtualization to address such migration issues, and that approach may become part of a future IT trend, according to Forrester's report.

Most of the IT managers Forrester Research contacted acquired Windows 7 by buying it preinstalled on new PCs. That approach can avoid potential hardware incompatibility issues, the report indicated. Forrester recommends that IT organizations begin planning for Window 7 deployments in the "late 2010/early 2011 time frame," corresponding to a "major corporate PC refresh cycle."

The report describes moving to Windows 7 as a "no-brainer" for organizations. In contrast to Vista, Forrester considers Windows 7 to be "a solid release from Microsoft."

The report, "Lessons Learned From Windows 7 Early Adopters," published on Feb. 3, can be obtained at Forrester's Web site here.

About the Author

Kurt Mackie is online news editor for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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Reader Comments:

Thu, Feb 18, 2010 Jim

People - quit running old apps! Either upgrade or switch. It's irritating to hear of people who complain that their app that ran just fine on Windows 95 won't work on Windows 7. I agree with Darryl - companies that don't upgrade their software to keep up with the times should fade away.

Mon, Feb 15, 2010 Dave-J-D Stevenage UK

I'm running 22 win7 boxes at home, #1 is an AMD Phenom ll new build running Home Premium, no issues with compatibility - surprisingly office 2000 runs perfectly. The other is an old Prescott-core P4 (775 board) multibooting win7 Pro/Linux Mint Gloria and Open GEU Luna Crescente. only problem I have is that some audio software (Audacity) can't see the sound card, yet VLC and Winamp can. also , most days the sound drivers are re-installed on every boot.

Sat, Feb 13, 2010 Bob

I definitely have had a problem w/ apps that ran under XP NOT running under Win 7.....Most will run fine under Virtual XP in Win 7 - altho installation can be a little tricky if the App sees a virtual environment..Virtual XP is quite good and lets you use your normal drives without complicated setup...

Fri, Feb 12, 2010 Peter Wolstenholme France

In some ways I prefer DOS. That is because, these days when one installs an application, it assumes, arrogantly, that you want a part to be always loaded in memory. One is not given the choice. This slows down start-up and clogs memory, as well as making lots of services run, so it can take 40 seconds to launch a program in a computer which has been thought to be idle. This computer is running 43 services, and most are not required, this week anyway. This with fast CPUs and HD interfaces. One ought to be able to click on an ikon and see the program launch within a half second ! DOS (or Windows 3.1) could do launch a program quickly, Windows XP can not. Is Windows 7 any better? I accept that the problem is not entirely the fault of Microsoft.

Fri, Feb 12, 2010 Rick Dallas, TX

Interisting experience... I found Windows 7 more compatible than Vista for some Xp applications. So your mileage may vary. The migration is still a pain. This is one of those things that OSX still does much better than Windows 7.

Thu, Feb 11, 2010 Darryl Louisville, KY

Love it. I had no problems with Vista on a new machine since Feb '07...even running some older apps. Win 7 is even better. 2/3 of XP apps can't run natively on Win 7? Need more details...which apps, what do you mean: natively? It's about time...developers have been way too careless for decades, dropping files and folders wherever they pleased and assuming access rights, etc. Well...they've had plenty of warning...tiime for the old buzzards who can't keep up to fade away.

Thu, Feb 11, 2010 Don Dickerson Houston, TX

Well, first off, Win 7 really works. As of yet, no issues - at home. I built a new PC for xmas and Win 7 is great. However, our app which runs our business would not run under Vista, and does not run under Win7 at all. At least on Vista it crashed and gave an error message. On Win7 it just exits with no errors, no response, nothing. This is a great OS for home, but not usable for us at our company. Yet, anyway.

Thu, Feb 11, 2010 Dave

Wow - two thirds of XP based can't run natively on Win 7 really scares me. Can you elaborate on why?

Wed, Feb 10, 2010

I'm getting my Windows 7 computer on Friday, but I doubt that it will replace my openSUSE.

I'm a penguin and have been for over 2 years :)

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