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Dec 12, 2012
Enterprises Uninterested in Windows 8
Enterprise IT hardware decision-makers are about half as interested in a Windows 8 adoption as they were with Windows 7 during its release in 2009, according to Forrester analyst David Johnson.
In a Forrester blog post, Johnson finds that only 24 percent of firms expect to move to the Windows 8 platform; however, they also say they remain uncertain if they will do so or not – compared to the 49 percent for Windows 7 in 2009.
Meanwhile, only 5 percent have immediate plans to move to the Windows 8 platform within the next 12 months, versus 10 percent for Windows 7 in 2009.
In a previous related post, Johnson outlines the seven reasons Windows 8 adoption in the enterprise is at risk saying that most IT shops are still in the midst of their Windows XP to 7 migration.
According to Johnson, clients told him that migrating to Windows 7 is not only an expensive process, but a timely one as well. With application migration and modernization and the OS upgrade process, the associated labor and costs are high.
In addition, although the new Windows 8 interface is impressive, most employees said Windows 7 is “good enough.” In a Forrester Workforce Technology Assessment, large group of employees (50 percent or more), respondents said they prefer a simple interface.
Of those surveyed in the Workforce Technology Assessment, some responded stating: “Keep it simple. While I love these tools, they’re just a way to get the job done”, or “I use computers as part of my job, but I don’t use them much at home.”
According to Forrester, with this information from employees, they believe most find the Windows 7 “adequate for their needs,” while the Windows 8 interface will “cause disorientation and frustrations, requiring additional training and support.”
In a Computerworld
interview, Johnson attributes the loss of the familiar Start button for navigation as the potential for confusion amongst employees. According to Computerworld
, Johnson’s predictions echo reviews and consumer comments made recently about the new interface for Windows 8.
On a BYOD front, however, Johnson predicts positive prospects for the Windows 8 platform. Of those surveyed, 20 percent of respondents said they would prefer Windows 8 on their personal touchscreen tablets. However, the iOS platform still dominates, as 26 percent of respondents said they prefer Apple’s platform on their next touchscreen tablet.
Robert Mullins for eWeek
, however, says we shouldn’t rule out Windows 8 as a failure just yet. Since the new platform has only been on the market for barely a month, it’s too soon to call it a loss. According to Mullins, there are a number of factors affecting the growth curve for Windows 8 that suggest the fight isn’t over yet.
Mullins notes that many reports, including one from Gartner, predict that Windows 8 adoption will pick up in the second half of next year. According to Gartner Research, forecasts indication that Windows 8 will finish 2012 with a meager 3.8 million units, but could increase to a staggering 21 million units by the end of 2013.
Nevertheless, the adoption process for Windows 8 is a slow one and doesn’t even compare to that of the iOS platform, which its newest version saw a 60 percent adoption among users after just one month, according to Apple Insider