In our initial CMB Tech Pulse research we found Microsoft is off to a good start with Windows 7, but Google Chrome is something we should all keep our eyes on. We asked IT decision makers about the strengths and weaknesses of all the operating systems from Windows XP, Vista, and 7 to the Mac OS, Linux and Google Chrome. Our panel rated each OS in areas such as competitive licensing costs, security, ease of use and administration. The results were clear, we saw strong messages about the capability of each OS and we expect to see further divergence as newer solutions like Windows 7 and Google Chrome become more established. To see how each OS ranked among our panel download the free report Windows 7 Uptake Plans. One thing is clear, the concerns with high licensing costs may drive some companies towards open source OS alternatives like Google Chrome. It will be interesting to watch how Google Chrome impacts the 38% of our IT decision maker panel who stated they plan to standardize on Windows 7 for netbooks over the next 2 years. How will Google Chrome impact the netbook OS market? Stay tuned, we plan to keep a close eye on that.
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