This compares very favourably with Vista: only 47% participants in an earlier survey conducted nine months after Vista's release said they had plans to deploy that operating system.
Bucking the conventional wisdom, almost half (46%) of respondents said they would not delay deployment of Windows 7 until Service Pack 1 was released.
Not surprisingly, concerns about Windows 7 were well down compared with a similar survey in April 2009 (57% vs 67%). This was especially true for stability and performance concerns.
The main area of concern is still software compatibility, and that only eased from 88% to 86% over the nine month interval.
How much interest is there in alternative operating systems? Please read on.
What the report doesn't reveal is the extent to which these attitudes reflect the inevitable reduction in uncertainty that followed Windows 7's release, perceptions that staying with XP is becoming more costly, or some other consideration.
One finding that will be especially welcomed by Microsoft is the substantial fall in the proportion of respondents considering a non-Windows desktop operating system.
That statistic spiked to 50% last year (following 42% in 2008 and 44% in 2007), possibly due to dissatisfaction with Vista and interest in alternatives such as Mac OS X Snow Leopard.
Curiously, expressed interest in Mac OS X rose to 32%, following a smaller drop in 2009.
Interest in Suse Linux continues to fall (now 11%), and Ubuntu dropped back to 22%, almost reversing the gain made in 2009. Red Hat Linux regained a little of the ground it lost last year, rising to 21% compared with 20% in 2009 and 24% in 2008.
The survey received 923 complete responses from hands-on IT professionals (41%), IT managers (29%), IT executives (26%), and others.