A study by Dimensional Research found that businesses are starting to embrace Windows 7. The survey, conducted of 923 businesses in January, found that 16 percent are already running Windows 7 on some of their systems, with a further 42 percent planning to start deployment of the new operating system by the end of 2010.
"It is just very positive about Windows 7," said Dimensional Research analyst Diane Hagglund, the study's author. "They are planning to deploy it. They are planning to deploy it fast."
The enthusiasm not only compares favorably with early response to Vista, but also shows that businesses have become more bullish on Windows 7 than they were as recently as nine months ago.
Windows Vice President Brad Brooks said in a recent interview that he is starting to see signs that small businesses want Windows 7. In particular, Brooks pointed to the fact that electronics retailers are stocking more PCs with the professional version of the operating system as opposed to just carrying computers running the Home Premium edition.