Skip to comments.Enterprise interest in Windows 8 half that for Windows 7 in '09
Posted on 11/16/2012 7:00:50 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Enterprise IT decision makers are about half as enthusiastic about the new Windows 8 as they were three years ago about the then-just-released Windows 7, an analyst said today.
Employees, however, have a higher-than-expected interest in the revamped operating system when it powers a tablet, second only to Apple's iOS, which runs the iPad.
According to David Johnson of Forrester Research, 24% of the more than 1,200 North American and European IT hardware purchasers the firm interviewed in the third quarter said that while they had no plans in place to migrate to Windows 8, they expect to at some point.
The result was half that of the 49% of similar professionals Forrester surveyed in 2009 just before the launch of Windows 7.
Other answers to poll questions in 2009 and 2012 hammered home the trend: 4% this year said that they plan to migrate in the next 12 months, while 5% confirmed they had plans but wouldn't begin in the next year, compared to 7% and 10% who said the same three years ago.
The results shouldn't be surprising: For months, analysts have been predicting a shrug as the enterprise reaction to Windows 8. And Computerworld has found that usage of the new OS seriously lags behind the pre-launch statistics for Windows 7.
Nor are the reasons Johnson cited a shock.
"Most companies are still in the midst of their Windows 7 migrations, or have only finished them," Johnson said in a Friday interview. "They don't have the time or the money for another Windows migration."
In a Friday blog post, Johnson elaborated, ticking off seven reasons why enterprise adoption of Windows 8 is at risk. They included the migration fatigue he spoke of, as well as limited appeal of the apps in the Windows Store,
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Tablets are slowly but surely replacing the PC in the enterprise. Really only programmers or say people who do heavy work with Excel probably need a PC over a tablet.
That’s because Vista sucked ass.
Makes sense. A lot of enterprises skipped Vista, and XP (2001 release) was getting long in the tooth. So the big migration was to Windows 7 (2009 release). The next big migration might be around 2007, and that’s about 4 years away. This will give MS time to work out all the kinks in Windows 8’s Metro interface.
Windows 7 replaced Vista and XP. It works very well, whereas Vista was iffy at best, and XP was getting a bit stale (although it’s still fairly functional).
I don’t see a compelling reason for corporate desktops to change from Windows 7.
Inroads will be made in the tablet area, and possibly with Surface and the Nokia products. Until those really catch on, I don’t see why anyone would want to change over their desktops for consistency with the new Metro interface. And, if you are going to keep the old interface, why bother at all?
To me it means used by employees of a company....usually standardized equipment which is dictated by the IT department.
I bought a Toshiba laptop this summer for work, then one of my business partners bought a new Dell for our receptionist with W8.
Our receptionist after 30 minutes went nuts. like she wanted to cry.
The interface really gives you a headache. Try even looking under “MY COMPUTER’ for our external hard drives and another 1000 icons popped up and it took us 10 minutes to find the damn hard drive.
Tablets are the way to go in the enterprise. Most workers require only email, web based apps, calendars, etc. They are mobile and always on.
The only reason you might is for manageability features. The change in user interface is disruptive.
Server 2012 has some nice features, but it's got it's own change in UI going on in the opposite direction. The default installation is Server Core, and the UI is a command prompt.
Tablets are the way to go in the enterprise. Most workers require only email, web based apps, calendars, etc. They are mobile and always on.Uhm…but somebody has to write all those documents and emails that the tablet users are reading!
I have a Windows 7. Soon to go bad. I am fed up with buying a new computer every 2 or 3 years because of crashes. I do bookkeeping. I am going to get a Mac.
After I had a giggle, I told them, "I'm sorry, that agent hasn't been released yet but give me your email address and I'll contact you the very second it is released."
I do not anticipate ever having to send that email.
Windows 8 is not an impressive presence in the enterprise.
There are small businesses and there are SMB...small to medium businesses. Then there are large businesses and very large businesses. Above that there is the enterprise...Bank of America, Home Depot, Wacovia, GE...you get the picture. Companies whose data protection requirements are phenomenally huge and their tolerance for downtime is a big fat ZERO.
“Now with Tint Control!”
/obscure Bloom County reference
“Thats because Vista sucked ass.”
Um no. Vista has nothing to do with it. We are currently about 60% complete with our XP to 7 migration. Why should I know dump what I have done for the 12k users we have already converted or scurry and try to formulate a plan to move the remaining 8k users to Win8? We have a plan and its working. I see now compelling reason to move to Win8. Now Server 2012 is different we have already stated upgrading some of our 1500 servers. But none of that was because “Vista sucked”...
Neither do I - for I've already gone back to Windows 7.
Windows 8 is best for touch screen computers. Most Business systems and hardware use keyboards.
“Enterprise” means larger businesses and corporations and includes a centrally controlled internal network. “In the enterprise” - in oversimplification - means “on that internal network.
Some people consider any organization with an Active Directory domain an enterprise network but that’s an overly narrow definition.
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