Momentum behind the upcoming launch of Windows 7 is growing, with integrator, Data#3, soon to rollout the operating system internally.
The integrator has thrown its weight behind Windows 7 and will deploy it throughout the organisation on September 9. The process will be accompanied by a live blog for customers to read, followed by a national roadshow.
Data#3 Microsoft national practice manager, Scot Gosling, said a number of the integrator's customers have expressed interest in Windows 7 and have requested early rollouts following the software's launch.
"We have a couple of customers running pilots to strong feedback, and one Government customer is planning a full rollout by January ," he said. "From the feedback, the positive reaction has been driven by a number of factors, but often it's the smaller things, such as additional battery life provided through installation of Windows 7, and the ability to run it on netbooks, which are finding their way more and more into enterprise."
Interest in the operating system is broad across industries, with no specific geographical or vertical hotspots, Gosling claimed.
The main difficulty in trials is application compatibility, he added, although it was not slowing down deployment.
"Many customers didn't do application compatibility testing with Vista, because they didn't roll it out, so they're finding they need to do it now," he said. "However, the XP mode on the operating system has let us put those applications into quarantine to allow the overall rollout to continue."
A typical rollout for a small customer will be three months, Gosling said, with an enterprise customer requiring between six months and two years. Microsoft now has 16,000 partners worldwide in its partner readiness program.
Microsoft Windows 7 commercial group lead, Sarah Vaughan, said the vendor was working closely with partners in resolving the application compatibility issues.
"We've had 115 ISVs sign on to our compatibility testing program since we launched it in July," she said. "From next month we'll also be running a big program around enablement, to work with our PC vendor partners to excite the channel there as well."