Businesses Keep Clinging to Windows 7 and XP

Businesses Keep Clinging to Windows 7 and XP

Windows 10 adoption in the enterprise is on the rise, but most businesses are hanging on to Windows 7, according to a new Spiceworks study.

Windows 10 is gaining traction among corporate buyers, but Microsoft’s venerable Windows 7 is still the operating system to beat.

In its latest analysis of the business desktop OS market, Spiceworks found that Windows 7 maintains a commanding lead. According to deployment data gleaned from the IT management specialist’s community, along with the survey responses from 461 IT professionals, the 7-year-old OS is running on 69 percent of all business PCs and laptops and 87 percent of organizations are running at least one instance.

“Although IT pros recognize the benefits of Windows 10, many organizations aren’t in a big rush to upgrade quite yet because Windows 7 still works fine. Windows 7 still offers great performance, will receive security patches until 2020, and provides an experience users are comfortable with,” Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks, told eWEEK. “Additionally, upgrading a company’s computers to a new OS can be costly, time consuming, and require IT pros to train end users on new features and functionality.”

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