Believe it or not, we’re approaching the one-year anniversary of the release of Windows 7. Those who have moved to the new operating system rave about its sleekness, speed, simplicity and other improvements over previous systems. But according to Symantec’s State of the Enterprise Security survey, just 9 percent of enterprises had actually made the switch as of February 2010.
This low number is actually pretty typical of such an upgrade. Many companies choose to let some time pass between the initial launch of the product and their own implementation to ensure that any potential bugs and kinks are worked out. A year after its launch, Windows 7 appears to be stable, efficient and ready to be embraced by the masses.
As you consider your own Windows 7 migration, you’re probably curious about how other companies handled the switch. You’d probably like to know where they ran into trouble, what tips they learned along the way and how long the process took them.
We at Symantec were curious as well. That’s why we commissioned a survey to 1,500 IT managers around the world who have made the switch to the new operating system. We thought we could uncover their best practices and mistakes to make it easier for those who are about to take on the task of migrating. Here’s a sneak peak of a few of the questions we asked our respondents:
• When you migrated your system to Windows 7, how long was each user, on average, offline?
• How long did it take you to migrate each machine to Windows 7?
• In hindsight, considering both ease of process and financial requirements, how would you recommend executing your migration? (Batch, mass or gradual migration)
• How many pilot tests did you perform over the course of your migration to Windows 7?
• Regardless of what Microsoft recommends, in your opinion, what is the minimum amount of RAM you would suggest for a machine running Windows 7? The optimal amount?
As the results come in, we’re uncovering some interesting insights that are sure to help anyone thinking of migrating to Windows 7. Stay tuned for a future blog post with the survey results from those who are paving the way for future Windows 7 adapters.