A survey was recently conducted on operating system usage from InformationWeek. The survey found that although Windows 7 has been out for almost 2 years, only 15% of desktop and laptop users are using it. That number should be over 50%, if you take into account the three-year replacement cycle. But the majority of users are still using Windows XP. So why is that?

A couple reasons, (1) the recession and slow economic recovery is one of course. It has made companies hold on to older equipment a little longer than usual. But there seems to be something else happing too. (2) It seems that we are all spending more time managing our other devices, such as our smartphones and tablets; and less time focusing on our desktops and laptops. And XP is well understood and easily meets the needs of most users. When new PCs are being order, Windows7 is the easy answer which has created the majority of the adoption rate so far.

Companies are starting to break the three-year replacement cycle and IT professionals are getting on-board with alternatives; part of this is keeping PCs on the same OS for 4-5 years and the other is a greater adoption of thin client technologies where the primary computing is centralized on a server in the data center and only mouse clicks, monitor refreshes and keyboard strokes are completed on the “personal” pc.