Survey: 84% won’t upgrade to Windows 7 in the next year

Most enterprises will eventually migrate to Windows 7 -- Microsoft's (msft) newest version of the world's dominant PC operating system -- but they're not in any hurry to do so.

And half are thinking about switching to a non-Windows system, such as Apple's (aapl) Mac OS X.

These are among the findings of a survey commissioned by KACE, a Mountain View, Calif., systems management company that hopes to cash in on what it is portraying as a bumpy transition.

The survey of 1,142 IT professionals conducted in March by Dimension Research found that the vast majority (84%) are going to wait at least a year to upgrade to Windows 7, despite the generally positive reviews from beta testers.

Fully 50% said they were considering leaving Windows altogether -- up from 27% two years ago -- and Mac OS X was the system they are most likely to switch to.

Among the survey's other findings:

  • 53% of those who will upgrade to Windows 7 say that they are doing so primarily to avoid Windows Vista
  • 67% state concerns about Windows 7, with 88% of those worried about software compatibility
  • 83% will skip Vista and migrate directly to Windows 7
  • 72% are more concerned about upgrading to Windows 7 than staying on Windows XP
  • 14% have already switched or started the process of switching operating systems (up from 11% in    2008)

In addition to Mac OS X, enterprises are looking at a rainbow of Unix alternatives, as shown in the chart below:



The full survey is available through KACE here (registration required).

See also:

All products and services featured are based solely on editorial selection. FORTUNE may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.

Quotes delayed at least 15 minutes. Market data provided by Interactive Data. ETF and Mutual Fund data provided by Morningstar, Inc. Dow Jones Terms & Conditions: http://www.djindexes.com/mdsidx/html/tandc/indexestandcs.html. S&P Index data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. Terms & Conditions. Powered and implemented by Interactive Data Managed Solutions