A poll of IT decision makers by CDW has found that a sizable percentage of Microsoft Vista users have moved or are preparing to move to the 2007 Microsoft Office system.
Announced Wednesday, the poll surveyed 753 IT decision makers. The new poll followed up on an earlier poll in which 29% of the respondents said they were using or evaluating Vista. Of the 29%, CDW found in the new poll that 42% have either deployed or plan to deploy the Office system.
"Many customers deploying the 2007 Microsoft Office system are finding that the user benefits are substantial with both Windows Vista and Windows XP," said David Cottingham, CDW's director of product and partner management, in a statement. "The 2007 Office release graphic interface is a considerable improvement from previous Office versions, and while it is quite different at first glance, it is more visually intuitive. After adjusting for a day or two, our customers find that they are more productive and don't want to go back."
CDW noted that one of its earlier polls found that 87% of organizations have implemented or plan to implement Windows Vista.
The CDW polls didn't break down Vista and Office users in size of IT shops, but Cottingham said anecdotal evidence appears to support the idea that smaller businesses are adopting the 2007 Office release more rapidly than larger organizations.
"That may be in part because of simpler decision-making processes in small businesses," said Cottingham. "But it is also consistent with the productivity benefits the software offers. It's been our experience that small, lean organizations are often the first to embrace tools that help them accomplish work more quickly and effectively."Microsoft, Windows Vista, Microsoft Office 2007, Poll