Technology research firm Gartner announced on Tuesday that Windows 7 will become the leading operating system worldwide by the end of 2011.
Gartner believes that 42% of all PCs worldwide will run Windows 7 by the end of the year. The company’s research also indicates that 94% of new PCs will ship with Windows 7 in 2011. Gartner cites improvements in IT budgets for the acceleration in enterprise deployments of Windows 7 as a big factor. Asia/Pacific and U.S. regions have started large volumes of enterprise Windows 7 deployments according to Annette Jump, research director at Gartner. Jump warned that recent economic slowdowns in Japan and civil unrest in the Middle East could slow deployments across those regions.
By the end of 2011, nearly 635 million new PCs worldwide are expected to be shipped with Windows 7. “Many enterprises have been planning their deployment of Windows 7 for the last 12 to 18 months, and are now moving rapidly to Windows 7,” Jump said. Gartner’s forecast assumes that Windows 7 is the last “fat” operating system that will be deployed on mass by corporate and enterprise customers. “In the future, many organizations will also use alternative client computing architectures for standard PCs with Windows OS, and move toward virtualization and cloud computing in the next five years,” said Gartner.
Microsoft’s next-generation of Windows, codenamed Windows 8, is believed to include a number of cloud setting features. Roaming options for user account customisations such as desktop wallpaper, application settings and wireless network settings have all been discovered in recently leaked builds of Windows 8. Microsoft is set to unveil its Windows 8 plans at its BUILD conference next month.