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Oct 25 2010   10:21AM GMT

Windows 7: 12 Months On

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Application Compatibility
Windows 7

The 22nd of October 2009 represented one of the most eagerly anticipated dates in the history of desktop computing. The launch of Windows 7 promised easier, faster and more secure computing for all. And, boy oh boy, did Windows 7 deliver.

Over the past 12 months, we’ve worked with more than 200 global organisations to assist them in their Windows 7 migrations and during this time, we’ve started to see a number of emerging trends.

To celebrate the anniversary of Windows 7, we’ve put together a brief report, which you can request a copy of here. In the report we look at the emerging application compatibility trends, the primary issues and give some suggestions on how organisations can best approach their Windows 7 migration.

Over the past 12 months I experienced a number of situations with organisations that have made me really think again. Here is a quick synopsis of those surprises:

  • Windows 7 adoption rates have been higher than expected, which has been led by 64-bit as the primary delivery platform.
  • The introduction of IE8 has added another layer of complexity into the migration. Organisations need to address compatibility issues for core web applications and browser presentation and rendering issues for internal and external websites and portals.
  • Virtualisation has not been embraced as quickly as expected and organisations are looking towards a hybrid model of virtualised platforms to suit application capabilities
  • Windows 7 migration is easier than previous migrations, such as XP to Vista
  • Shims are not the answer to application compatibility issues
  • You need a level of technical expertise to fully use Microsoft’s application compatibility issue fixes

And, as you have probably seen already, we are still seeing the same top five application compatibility issues across all verticals and industry sectors including:

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So, now that Windows 7 is a year old, has it met market expectations? In my view, Windows 7 has been a great success, with a rapid adoption rate, good industry acceptance, a stable OS, a small number of resolvable issues and it delivers some great benefits such as increased security.

Given these factors and our experience to date, we estimate that at least 60% of global organisations will have fully deployed Windows 7 in the next three years.

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  • DStrom
    Yes, WIndows 7 is probably the best Windows ever. But the older IE compatibility issues are still going to be around for some time. Two solutions that I have tried are InstallFree 7Bridge and Symantec Workplace Virtualization. Both allow you to have virtual apps, such as IEv6 or older Microsoft software that run on your Win7 desktop. You can see both products demonstrated at with short videos.

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  • Greg Lambert
    Great comment - and thanks for posting.

    While some of these technologies are great for the short-term or "bridging" solutions, we still need to get the developers of these applications to resolve these compatibility issues. Microsoft has a done a reasonable job detailing some of the compatibility issuers with Windows 7 and has been pretty prescriptive with the solutions. The knowledge and tools are out there - we should make good use of them.

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