windows 7Microsoft can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to businesses accepting its new versions of Windows.

While many companies opted to skip updating from Windows XP to Windows Vista, it looks like Windows 7 may not be getting a whole lot of love from IT departments either.  In a survey of 1,000 businesses conducted by ScriptLogic, 5.4% of respondents said they expect to upgrade to the new operating system this calendar year, over a third said they would do it in 2010 and the remaining 59.4% said they have no plans at this time.

This isn’t to say that the nearly two-thirds who said they have no plans won’t ever do it, but it sure doesn’t look too promising for Microsoft at the moment.  As to why companies said they wouldn’t be rushing to the new system, it was a mixture of the economy and concerns over if there would be software incompatibilities with applications currently used.

This is another feather in the cap of those of us who said Microsoft should have just worked towards improving Windows XP instead of forcing Vista down every one’s throats, followed now by Windows 7.  While it isn’t so difficult for individuals to move on to new systems, the lengthy list of incompatible peripherals such as printers and scanners between Windows XP and Vista was just too lengthy for most businesses.  In the case of the StarterTech offices, we would have had to buy all new printers if we had gone to Vista.  Being a small business, that was just never an option for us.  We may go to Windows 7, but it will be a process of attrition more than a planned move.

Microsoft needs to realize that computer users are not ts personal ATMs, and we aren’t just going to snap to anytime they come out with a new piece of software.

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