Windows 7 faces an upgrade uphill struggle

A survey of 20,000 IT administrators has revealed that one in three organizations has no plans to deploy Windows 7.

Those surveyed said 59.3 percent have no plans to deploy Windows 7, 34 percent said they will deploy Windows 7 by the end of 2010, while only 5.4 percent will deploy the OS by the end of this year. 1.4 percent of those surveyed have already deployed Windows 7.

The survey, by Scriptlogic, said that of those reluctant to deploy Windows 7, the biggest barriers are time and resources (42.7%), application compatibility (39.1%), OS deployment (8.4%), hardware support (7.5%) and migrating user settings (2.2%).

The economic meltdown has affected a number of IT investment plans, with 33.6 percent saying that data center infrastructure has been the hardest hit, while 30.7 percent said desktop hardware investment has been affected.

These results chime with earlier statements this year from Intel and AMD, who reported that corporations and large organizations were keeping a tight control on their purse strings with server chip shipments being particularly affected.

When asked how IT departments have saved the most money, 34.8 percent said by skipping upgrades and delaying buying new kit. But virtualization is seen by some as an answer, with 29.2 percent saying the software has introduced efficiencies. Unfortunately, 20.6 percent have cut staffing or delayed hiring, while 14.5 percent say their budgets are in stasis.

All of this will be discouraging for Microsoft, but it will be interesting to see whether retail sales will aid the software giant to reach its targets.

Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference kicks off today in New Orleans, where CEO Steve Ballmer is to present the vision keynote at 0830. The announcement that Windows 7 build 7600 has been released to manufacture is widely expected.