Windows 7: Doomed on Arrival? Not So Fast!

Untruths come in several flavors (in order of heinousness): lies, damned lies, and statistics. And then there are survey results from a source with a self-serving axe to grind. You can put any spin you want on such reports, as long as it's done with a straight face.

Where's the beef?
ScriptLogic, a subsidiary of enterprise management software specialist Quest Software (Nasdaq: QSFT  ) , just released the results of a market survey. The burning question: does your company plan to deploy the latest and greatest operating system from Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT  ) anytime soon?

The inflammatory verdict is that "60% of IT administrators do not plan to deploy Microsoft Windows 7." 43% of 1,100 respondents blame a lack of time and resources for completing a migration, and 39% worry about application compatibility. Therefore, dear press release reader, you should conclude that your own company needs a ScriptLogic product that makes any OS rollout on a corporate scale much smoother and easier. Right?

Anecdotal evidence
I come to a very different conclusion, based on my experience as a systems administrator. In that past life, we would never have rolled out Sun Microsystems' (NYSE: JAVA  ) Solaris 8 or IBM's (NYSE: IBM  ) AIX 5L onto our enterprise-class development servers. Production? Forget it! Every program upgrade required weeks or months of vetting and testing before doing anything drastic. An operating system upgrade is not taken lightly by corporate IT directors.

You may see a few news outlets proclaiming the imminent death and failure of the Windows 7 launch, based on ScriptLogic's survey results. When you do, remember than nearly 40% of those respondents have already committed to this upgrade by the end of 2010. That's actually a phenomenal turnout, especially since the operating system hasn't even launched yet -- much less been put through the cruel and unusual punishment of widespread quality assurance testing.

Let's cut Mr. Softy a break here
Microsoft may be losing on a couple of fronts, like the never-ending fight against Google (Nasdaq: GOOG  ) in the online search market, or to VMware (NYSE: VMW  ) when it comes to virtualization software. But Windows 7 does not look like a repeat of Vista's miseries, and even Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) might have to give some stolen market share back to Redmond this time.

So back off, ScriptLogic. Corporate America is just being cautiously optimistic.

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  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2009, at 11:43 AM, ChannelDunlap wrote:

    Actually the press I've heard about Win7 is overwhelmingly positive. Surprisingly so, after Vista was loathed primarily by those who never used it. I for one did use Vista, with very few problems. The different spin this got, Vista being hate from day 1 and Win7 being embraced from day -150 makes me think that M'Soft intentionally bombed Vista. They could crank the hardware requirements and get everybody on the upgrade train while simultaniously giving them something to blame it on & hate. Now that Vista rage has more or less passed - Ta-Da! Windows 7! With all the same extreme hardware requirements of Vista, but now with a more appropriate marketing strategy.

  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2009, at 12:10 PM, Fool wrote:

    I agree, that article was written with little knowledge of how corporatons roll out a new OS. Those stats are actually very favorable for Win 7 since a corporation usually doesn't move on for years after the OS release

  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2009, at 1:08 PM, 0taojones wrote:

    If only Microsoft and AT&T and motorola for that matter would concentrate on the user experience for even five minutes they might get somewhere. their vision of us as a captive audience where the first push on the center button of your phone brings you on line to buy a ring tone instead of to your address book. The new operating system is planed to be sold with out features like advanced graphics for these you have to "upgrade"

    this is basic bait and switch and where I sell from those tactics only piss off all but the dumbest customers. any product that starts off a relationship reaching for my wallet the second i try to use it is cynical ignorant trash to me. Steve Balmier thinks he is being clever ( right)

  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2009, at 9:50 PM, TMFRhino wrote:

    To respond to the first couple posts, I don't know where you got the notion the article was being negative to the stats. To quote:

    "That's actually a phenomenal turnout, especially since the operating system hasn't even launched yet -- much less been put through the cruel and unusual punishment of widespread quality assurance testing."

    The author's negativity was geared to the way ScriptLogic issued their press release, which presented the data from a negative angle and as everyone here said, was actually false. 40% saying they plan to roll out Win 7 before 2010 when no companies have gotten an opportunity to test it is actually phenomenal.

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