88% of businesses moving to Windows 7, 94% satisfaction rate

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Today, at PDC 2010, Steve Ballmer took the stage to announce some exciting new products and updates to Windows, Azure and many more products.

During the announcement, Steve Ballmer talked about how Windows 7 has surpassed Microsoft's expectations and became the fastest selling operating system in history. One problem Microsoft has been facing is convincing businesses that Windows 7 is not Windows Vista and upgrading from the no-longer supported Windows XP (SP2 and lower).

During Ballmers keynote speech, he announced that 88% of businesses are moving towards upgrading to Windows 7 and 240 million licenses have been sold so far.

Ballmer also announced that Windows 7 has a 94% overall satisfaction rate, a significant improvement over Windows Vista. The next major announcement was that IDC predicts that 409 million PCs will ship with Windows 7 in 2011, the most PCs ever shipped in a single year.

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Vista was a pile of cr*p in a can from start to finish. Another Windows ME. Good job it's over. 7 is better, but still Windows.

jebus197 said,
Vista was a pile of cr*p in a can from start to finish. Another Windows ME. Good job it's over. 7 is better, but still Windows.

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jebus197 said,
Vista was a pile of cr*p in a can from start to finish. Another Windows ME. Good job it's over. 7 is better, but still Windows.

Vista was not another Windows ME. Educate yourself before spewing nonsense. Vista had it's issues. Key word being "had". And those issues had many different causes ranging from lazy developers to a botched Ready for Vista campaign.

409mil Win7 PC !!!

than windows 7 would be No.1 OS marketshare wise next year !!!!

cause it will put windows 7 at around 55% share

Im still on Windows Vista at work. Annoying POS.
Might look at downloading 7 from Technet when I eventually find time.

kaffra said,
too bad my work plc is still one of those 12%

i'm so sick of XP already... wishing my work plc will switch to 7 soon!!!

man my laptop still has vista, but all the other desktop computers at our company has 7... i gotta get a "virus" lol. 7 is so fast.

sanke1 said,
Yes, Windows 7 with Aero disabled and classic theme makes my work computer very pleasant to look at

Ew. Can't you turn it back on?

sanke1 said,
Yes, Windows 7 with Aero disabled and classic theme makes my work computer very pleasant to look at

hey i kinda still like the classic theme, its not better than aero by a long shot, but i still like it.

sanke1 said,
No cannot. Most businesses will have Aero disabled

The sad thing in this comment is... you're right.
At my university the computers have it disabled and can't enable it I've seen businesses run with faaar worse computers than my university, so yeah...

i would agree with the high percentage of satisfaction. I migrated my previous role's network from Windows XP to Windows 7, it was an resounding success, with higher satisfaction rates with users and lower admin required on the machines. The training was pretty straight forward too.

Im planning to do the same thing at my current role next year. I would have started now, but i have a limited budget.

Microsoft will always have great sales with Windows even with versions that suck. When you have 99% of the market on a worldwide basis, you will have high sales. Why did i say 99%?

In 2008 it was reported that more than 80% of Mac owners, also owned a Windows PC. Now that Apple uses the same platform as Windows PC, you can install Windows on the Mac and thus it is npthing more than another Windows branded PC. Albeit it cost far more for no major reason.

With that type of user base, even a bad OS will do fairly well. I don't what was the big deal with Vista. Here is one problem I saw. hardware vendor didn't support Vista positively because Vista was Microsoft's 2and attempt to drop legacy based hardware and software. But the vendors got hurt by their own stupidity. Because of that, PC vendors sold far less hardware under Vista. Those that did buy new hardware, downgraded the hardware to XO to ensure hardware and software compatibiltity. Wheich in turn hurt MSFT. However, Microsoft still sold 350M+ copies of Vista, so it wasn't a failure by any means. And Vista still lasted its 3 year cycle before the new release. Compare this to Windows Me which Microsoft pulled after only 1 year.

Windows 7 offers the security benefits of Vista with better enhancements. and for those who need XP, if you get the more expensive versions like Professional and Ultimate, you get a free Windows XP license and allows you to download Windows XP Mode which is a full version of XP as a Virtual Machine. You also get Virtual PC which is also free. All you need is a CPU that support hardware virtualization.

Windows 7 is pretty, its clean, fun to use, kept the same UI elements of Vista (though much improved) and is snappy/fsat. And many are adolpting it without waiting for the Service Pack 1 update. That si how great it is.

The only problem I see is this, Windows 7 is already 1 year old. In 2 years Windows Next will be out (and I am not saying it will be called Windows Next) and many will have been using Windows 7 for only a year or too. Windows 7 is so good that Microsoft will have to push hard to show a need to want to upgrade again. I will upgrade because I normally always do. I don't have special needs and thus upgrading isn't an issue and I liek having the next new thing. But for businesses that si a whole different story.

Either way, the good this is; XP will be off life-support and MSFT will have finally let it die. Windows 7 will come as the OS that refuses to die because it is so good.

But take a look back. when X was first released, it had far MORE problems then Vista had. It took 2 Services Packs to really get it right. It also had the most updates vs any earlier desktop version of Windows NT with the exception of NT4.0 which had 4 service packs and a bunch of patches.

I love Windows 7 and have since early beta. It has ran PERFECT for me. I have only reinstalled the OS once and it was a downgrade from Ultimate to Professional. (work reasons)

Kudos MSFT...7 appears to have been a lucky number for you. What a way to kick OSX's @$$

This is great news. We moved almost all of our computers to 7 this past year and are very happy. We can't wait to move the rest over... It's a very solid OS, Microsoft did a good job.

I really wish my company would roll it over sooner. I really want Windows 7 to help me declutter my computer (I have really gotten into the habit of using the half-screen windows and such simply by moving it to a side of the screen on my home computer).

RainJones said,
Looks like year of Linux desktop is dead for the next 5 years.
At least in a business setting, most users cannot function on a daily basis using Linux. Hell, most users have enough trouble with Windows already. Either that or they only know (about 90% of them perhaps) how to use Windows. So implement Windows 7 in a business setting that needs an update and it should be a hit !

este said,
At least in a business setting, most users cannot function on a daily basis using Linux. Hell, most users have enough trouble with Windows already. Either that or they only know (about 90% of them perhaps) how to use Windows. So implement Windows 7 in a business setting that needs an update and it should be a hit !

Umm... Someone people don't even know how to use Windows.

este said,
At least in a business setting, most users cannot function on a daily basis using Linux. Hell, most users have enough trouble with Windows already. Either that or they only know (about 90% of them perhaps) how to use Windows. So implement Windows 7 in a business setting that needs an update and it should be a hit !

I think its more that Linux has no killer apps. I try it out every now and then but its a case of all the big applications are crummy copy cats of software available on windows. The software that does stand out on Linux is more niche (like a number of the administrative functions and applications like Nagios)

Master Shake said,
Wait.... I thought MS was a dying consumer brand!?

No, BREAD. You hardly see Microsoft Yeast Rolls anywhere anymore...

If IDC's prediction is true that means '13' Windows 7 will sell every second. Thats almost double the amount of this year with 7.6 sold in 365 days of the launch.