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We’ve been talking about the value that Windows 7 Professional brings to small businesses for a while, including productivity benefits that can help businesses save time and money. Today we’d like to share some details from an IDC White Paper sponsored by Microsoft worldwide research study, which explores the business value and return on investment (ROI) of Windows 7 for small and midsize businesses.
The study found that both end-users and IT managers reported faster reboots, shorter start-up times and fewer software failures with Windows 7 than previous versions of the operating system. Additionally, the research found that the majority of users reported significant time savings associated with many of the new features.
IDC’s research team conducted qualitative case study interviews, quantitative end user and IT manager surveys, and used an ROI model for Windows 7 deployment to generate their results. Through the Windows 7 ROI analysis and the end-user survey, research showed Windows 7 deployment resulted in positive changes in all measured categories, ultimately saving businesses time and money.
Researchers found the payback to companies started just after seven months and a return on investment of 375 percent. It showed that each user saves an average of about 43 hours, or $1,400 total benefit per PC, annually.
We’re happy to find that Windows 7 is helping small and midsize businesses work more efficiently and we’re thankful to all of the businesses out there that helped us develop Windows 7 Professional for you! If you want to find out more about how Microsoft and Windows 7 is helping small and midsize businesses, please visit us at the Windows for Small and Midsize Business site. If you have time, drop us a line and let us know how Windows 7 Professional is working for you.
Those are seriously impressive ROI numbers. I'd love to see a similar study on enterprise deployments. In any case, I hope this is convincing enough evidence that more businesses stop clinging to XP, IE6, etc. and make the logical move to 7.
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