blog I recently came across a fantastic series of posts which pretty much sums up what I think about Microsoft’s incoming new operating system Windows 8. By Gartner research director Gunnar Berger, the series goes into a whole bunch of issues with respect to Windows 8 as the analyst attempts the tricky task of coming up with a comprehensive opinion on the matter. With respect to Windows 8 adoption in the enterprise, this paragraph from Berger, in his post about businesses adopting Windows 8, really nailed it for me:
“We recently did a large field research study and specifically asked all of our interviewees if they were looking at Windows 8, most laughed. The fact is most enterprises are still trying to get to Windows 7 and few enterprises are ready for Windows 8. I believe that after the lessons of Windows ME and Windows Vista many enterprises will wait on Windows 8 to see how it works out. I also think Microsoft knows this and is using this to their advantage (and I applaud them for it). If enterprises aren’t going to be breathing down their necks on this OS then they have some flexibility to build an OS that is more geared for the consumer and thus they can work on winning back that market, and believe it or not Microsoft cares a lot about the consumer market.”
In other words, Windows 8 is primarily a consumer-focused operating system and most enterprises will hold off on adopting it for now, as the gradual migration to Windows XP’s true successor Windows 7 keeps rolling on. I personally feel Windows 8 may make most of its first appearances in the enterprise through tablets as IT department-sponsored iPad replacements, not through desktop PCs. Berger’s comments are particularly applicable in Australia as most enterprises all around Australia are still conducting their Windows 7 migrations — or, if they have already been conducted, would be likely to see very little reason to upgrade to Windows 8. The cost and extensive user training will be hard to justify, given the radical user interface overhaul Windows 8 features, and I’m sure more than a few corporate apps will break as well along the way.
What do you think? Is Windows 8 going to be adopted in Australian enterprises? Or will most ignore it, as they did Windows Vista?
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