"Among the 83 percent of businesses not planning Windows 7 upgradeswithin 12 months, 43 percent pegged the economy as a contributingfactor. Among some specific reasons cited by the report:
14 percent of enterprises are switching to another operating system—27percent of this number to Macintosh and 25 percent to Ubuntu. Mac is down from 28 percent in 2008, while Ubuntu is up from 21 percent last year and 17 percent in 2007.
- A reduction in funds or budget freezes for the new hardware needed to run Windows 7
- A reduction in staffing required to manage an operating system migration
- Initiatives to migrate to Linux to save money"
72 percent of IT decision makers were concerned about the "cost andoverhead of migrating to Windows 7" versus 28 percent concerned about"the cost and overhead of maintaining Windows XP as it getsincreasingly out of date."