Feeds

Windows XP customers positive but split on Windows 7

Reading about it is enough

Boost IT visibility and business value

A majority of Windows XP users are positive about Windows 7 but are split on whether to upgrade, with a large number keeping an open mind.

That's according to preliminary results from a PC World and Technologizer survey of 5,000 Windows XP users, who also want Microsoft to keep offering their operating system of choice.

Seventy per cent of Windows XP users that tried Windows 7 listed their reaction as very positive while 55 per cent who'd only read about the planned operating system had the same reaction.

That lends credence to our view about the reporting on Windows 7 having been generally positive and the existence of an overall feeling in the industry that Windows 7 is "good".

After that, the consensus breaks down and it doesn't mean Windows XP customers will upgrade, certainly not right away, just because they feel good about the new operating system.

The joint poll found PC World reported just over half, 53 per cent, of those who'd tried Windows 7 said they'd upgrade while less than half, 44 per cent, of those who'd only read about Windows 7 said they would upgrade. A majority, meanwhile, said they'd be unhappy when Microsoft no longer sells Windows XP - the operating system is still available on netbooks and as a downgrade option from the hated Windows Vista.

You can participate in the survey here. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer
Melty but refreshing - popular rival to Mint's Cinnamon's still a work in progress
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over
Plenty on new CEO's todo list – starting with Firefox's slipping grasp
Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July
Starting today, regular fanbois will be guinea pigs, it tells Reg
Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY
Web devs, Mozilla really wants you to like this one
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
Cloudy CoreOS Linux distro declares itself production-ready
Lightweight, container-happy Linux gets first Stable release
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.