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Windows 7 Pays Off in 13 Months: Microsoft Study

While Windows 7 is already seeing uptake and is cutting into older Windows editions' user bases. But Microsoft is aiming to make the case that migrating to the new OS can save enterprise IT administrators money -- and quickly. How fast? Try about a year, according to a new study the company sponsored.


Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is touting a study it commissioned from IT research firm Forrester Research that purports to show that deploying Windows 7 in a corporate setting can pay off in as few as 13 months.

The final Windows 7 code was first released to corporate customers in August and some began piloting deployments at that time.

To make deployments less painful, Microsoft also announced it is releasing an update to its Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, or MDOP, that adds support for Windows 7 Application Virtualization, or App-V 4.6.

Besides updated tools, Microsoft is talking up the financial benefits to corporate customers of moving to Windows 7 sooner rather than later. That's where the latest Forrester study (PDF format) comes in.

Read the full story at Datamation:
Microsoft Study: Windows 7 Pays Off in a Year