Forrester Research is recommending that businesses using the Windows XP operating system get ready to make the move to Windows 7.

Unlike the ill-fated Vista platform, Windows 7 is gaining traction. While Windows XP still accounts for 75% of the commercial market in North America and Europe, Forrester researchers Benjamin Gray and Christian Kane found that IT managers are deploying Windows 7 on 31% of new PCs today, a number they expect to jump to 83% within a year.

Gray and Kane recommend that IT shops accelerate application compatibility testing with an eye toward Windows 7 adoption by the end of 2012, noting Microsoft's plans to end support of both Vista and the latest version of XP by then.

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