It turns out the cure to the recession's focus on reducing IT costs has found an antidote - in the release of Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system.

According to market research firm ChangeWave, 73 percent of corporate IT buyers said they will be buying laptops in the first quarter of 2010 and 69 percent had plans to purchase desktops, the highest for both figures since February 2008. Previous ChangeWave surveys had found that companies were holding off on PC purchases until the release of Windows 7, and the most recent survey seems to validate this finding.

In fact, 19 percent of respondents said that Windows 7 is causing an acceleration in their company's normal upgrade cycle.

Of those that have made the switch, 37 percent report being very satisfied with the new OS while 56 percent are somewhat satisfied.

For those companies that are able to step away from reducing IT costs and can invest in system upgrades, it is highly important to make sure all applications and business tools are compatible and can be easily migrated. Small and midsize businesses without dedicated IT resources to help with migration may want to consult a third-party IT provider to help ensure compatibility, experts say.

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