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Will Enterprises Migrate to Win 8? New Interface Complicates Matters
Will Enterprises Migrate to Win 8? New Interface Complicates Matters

By Jennifer LeClaire
October 17, 2012 11:48AM

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"Microsoft should re-engineer Windows 8 within the first Service Pack to enable corporations and consumers to easily revert to the traditional Start button and bypass the touch interface" in Windows 8, said analyst Laura DiDio. "This will mitigate much of the negativity and help to assuage the corporate concerns regarding the new OS."

Microsoft has made Windows 8 available for pre-order, and most analysts agree it is a solid successor to Windows 7 in performance, reliability, scalability and security. Bad memories of Vista seem to be fading further into Microsoft history.

Still, there has been some talk that Microsoft would have been wiser to hold off on shipping Windows 8. After all, many businesses are just now migrating to Windows 7. The Windows 8 operating system features a touch interface that complicates implementation on corporate end-user desktops.

"Windows 8 gives Microsoft and our partners the opportunity to think differently and creatively about hardware design with new materials, hinges, touch panels and edgeless displays," said Nick Parker, corporate vice president of Microsoft's OEM Division. "The approach to hardware design and breadth of innovation across all types of PCs results in an incredible amount of choice for customers."

Migration Unlikely

One example introduced this week is the Acer Aspire 7600U, an all-in-one desktop computer that offer a large, touch-sensitive display that can either detach from the desktop station or rotate to lay flat. Another is the Sony VAIO L Series, which features the X-Reality processing engine found in Bravia TVs.

Laura DiDio, principal analyst at Information Technology Intelligence Consulting, said it was highly unlikely Windows 8 would see widespread mainstream corporate adoption in the first year of its release.

"Microsoft should re-engineer Windows 8 within the first Service Pack to enable corporations and consumers to easily revert to the traditional Start button and bypass the touch interface. This will mitigate much of the negativity and help to assuage the corporate concerns regarding the new OS," DiDio told us.

"Microsoft should also ensure that its Windows 8 documentation and technical service and support are top notch and feature backwards compatibility with its own products, as well as the major third party ISVs. Microsoft should also highlight its partnerships with leading OEM hardware vendors like Asus, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung and Sony to spark tablet sales. Microsoft can't afford another debacle like Vista."

A Cheap Upgrade

DiDio also noted that Microsoft had heard the boos and catcalls from users on Windows pricing and responded. A single-user retail upgrade from Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 to Windows 8 Professional runs just $39.99 for the download.

"That is the most inexpensive price for a Windows upgrade in Microsoft's history. Until now, Microsoft Windows upgrades have typically retailed for $100 to $200," DiDio said.

"Microsoft volume license business customers who have Open and Enterprise agreements receive everything from free upgrades to steep discounts off list that range from 18 percent to 40 percent on average. Very large enterprises that purchase thousands of Windows licenses can get even higher discounts."

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Posted: 2012-10-19 @ 1:13pm PT
The start menu has become an unnecessary and over complicated method of accessing programs and menus. The new Windows 8 start screen simplifies this so the old method is no longer necessary. Microsoft is putting itself at the forefront of tech with their innovations in Windows 8. This includes the fact that they are the first out of the major player to have a unified operating system. Every IT Manager I have spoken with plans on rolling out Windows 8 in the near future and also has plans of leveraging Windows RT devices in the enterprise. Windows RT offers a more cost effective device that is still able to run x86 application by using the RemoteApp feature in Windows Server 2012. is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.

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