So here’s the deal.

My buddy Marc and I made a bet a year or more ago and I need your help to make my $500.

He basically bet that by the summer of 2011, I would not be able to name 10 (just ten) companies in the Fortune 500 who are officially using or seriously considering using Windows 7.

By seriously considering, he meant testing business units or organizational divisions on it.

I blogged about this here a little while ago but haven’t been able to make any headway.

I emailed Microsoft and their response was..

“Thank you for your call earlier this afternoon. Unfortunately, we don’t break out our statistics this way, but please do see the Windows for your Business blog where you can find a steady stream of customer evidence about Windows 7. Please let me know if I can be of further help here.”

So, I need your help!

Here’s the list of companies in the Fortune 500.

If you work in any of these companies and have Windows 7 officially installed, please do me a favor.

ANONYMOUSLY use the comment form below (with a fake email address) and tell me Company Name and whether you have deployed Windows 7 or are just testing.


About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  1. GE is looking at it seriously..

  2. RobTec-Pc uses it as there main system & they love it ! I do all the repairs and upgrades myself plus every pc i rebuild on my side business i give the option of xp or win 7 & 98% go for win 7 on there system weather home or business pc’s ! Rob Thomas owner/operator [email protected]
    why not collect all the responses and send them gift cards with the winnings $100. or $50.00 gift card

  3. Ford is launching at this moment

  4. Unfortunately I don’t work for any of these companies, so I cant help you in that respect. However I do believe that apple is using windows 7 for some of their windows based product development, however this is unconfirmed information.

    Good luck with your winning your bet.

  5. Thanks folks.. I am still looking for 5 or 6 more…

  6. VideoWorks have being using Windows 7 for more than a year now. Love it a lot.

  7. Merck & Co was testing Windows 7 in 2010.

  8. Mars Inc started testing Windows 7 in 2010.

  9. Yerachmiel Altman / March 29, 2011 at 8:15 pm /Reply

    Fortune 500 Companies Using SharePoint

    Author: Julian Corlaci | Published: 29th October 2010

    Microsoft is still claiming SharePoint Server as the fastest growing product in company history, which is very impressive coming from such a diversified software maker powerhouse.

    According to Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) one in two corporations are now using SharePoint Server and in 22% of the companies, every employee uses this popular Microsoft collaboration tool. SharePoint usage is widely spread due to its complex collaboration structure and its flexibility. From enterprise search, enterprise content management (ECM), Business Process Management, business intelligence, records management, archiving, Intranet/Extranet, file sharing to public-facing websites, which will be covered in this article.

    Below you will find a list of few Fortune 500 companies using SharePoint technology for their public-facing websites. This review is trying to highlight the adoption of SharePoint in the corporate world as well as the customization level these companies accomplished.

    Finding corporate websites with interesting designs in Fortune 500 and on SharePoint platform proved to be a challenge. If I missed any company that meets the above criteria feel free to add it in the comment area.

    And they list around 15 or 20 TOP corporations that are using SharePoint as part of their public facing web site; i.e. they’re using Windows 7/Server 08 as their OS!!!

  10. IBM is deploying Windows 7 Professional x64

  11. IBM uses Win 7 Pro

  12. Laptopman UTC is currrently testing Windows 7 professional and IE 8.

  13. the only negative comment i have of windows 7 is that i now have had two well known Epson scanners which work well with all but windows 7.many comments on the web indicate that my experience is not uncommon.

  14. Alfi…..CBA is running win 7 ENTERPRISE…..

  15. Dear Onuora Amobi
    I am having Win-7 Ultimate running and I need information
    I like your articular and wish to keep reading/watching them

    Yes I am retired army officer now and have no company under me Onura Amobi
    Please let me know how not to keep myself away from your valuable articals
    Yes I have already subscribed to RSS feeds

  16. PENTACO uses “win7Enterprise” on some machines.

  17. Windows 7 is awesome, more better then windows xp n Vista.


  18. Ford Motor Co is currently looking at upgrading windows XP in stages as the 3 year leases expire – Also looking at moving to Laptop for some areas as standard. since we use windows & Dell PC/Laptop & Vista is already history. I understand the new system on limited trial in some countries & already “tuned” to internal software systems is Windows 7.

  19. I would suspect that Dow Chemical in Midland MI and Nationwide Insurance in Columbus OH have tested it. I would suspect that Dow would do a PC refresh with Windows 7.

  20. according to my knowledge the companies which uses windows 7 are-BMW, T-Mobile, Del Monte Foods, Microsoft.

  21. HP uses already Win 7 Enterprise
    Syngenta are investigating the migration from Vista to 7.

  22. Vladasdragon750 / March 31, 2011 at 2:28 am /Reply

    Win7 easy to use,a better than Vista

  23. Avey we are in process of deploying win 7

  24. Windows 7 is the best. this OS support direct 11 which it make perfect in the GAME!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. I work for Dell Servies, Service Delivery unit, in the recenlty deployed workstation they have installed windows 7.

  26. Sumit Tariyani / April 3, 2011 at 11:11 am /Reply

    Well i m an IT Engineer and i work for IBM where we have been given training on Win 7 and my personal experience is quite good with 7 its easy to understand for networking purpose i think it has best features apart 4m in terms of advanced graphics 10 on 10 coz it has got features like mac.
    however feature like bit locker group policy n free security essential should be given to home users like home premium and starter .
    And BCD (boot configuration data) system file should have the entry of xp so that any user can degrade easily or else keep both os and can work in nt 52 and 60 both structres . hope 7 will come up with more reformation keep it up.

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