More than half of businesses to use Windows 7 by end of 2010

A new study shows that businesses have really taken a shine to Windows 7, with an estimated 16 percent of all companies already running Windows 7, and an additional 42 percent to switch by the end of 2010, according to cnet.

The survey was performed on 923 businesses in January, with 58 percent of them saying they will have at least one machine running Windows 7 by the end of 2010.  Considering the release of Windows 7, RTM in July 2009, and available for retail in October 2009, its success over its predecessor, Windows Vista, has been phenomenal for Microsoft.

As Microsoft begins the process of retiring Windows XP, starting with the retirement of Internet Explorer 6, the growing concern for businesses is the long-term support.  As many people did, businesses also skipped the upgrade to Windows Vista, and now the ever growing pressure to upgrade from XP to Windows 7 is looming.

Microsoft announced that Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history, a positive note for businesses, as it is likely to encourage them to upgrade.

Microsoft has already sold over 90 million licenses for Windows 7, projecting to sell 300 million by the end of 2010, a goal that Microsoft could easily achieve.

Thanks to zagor for the news tip!

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