IT Departments Resist Deploying Windows 8, Advantages Not Worth Investment Currently

rated by 0 users
This post has 5 Replies | 0 Followers

Top 10 Contributor
Posts 26,505
Points 1,197,020
Joined: Sep 2007
News Posted: Mon, May 20 2013 11:27 AM

For some critics of Microsoft's latest OS, this should come as no surprise: IT departments are wary of adopting Windows 8. This information comes from a new Forrester report which sourced its results from interviewing nearly 10,000 IT employees. Interestingly, while IT managers themselves have little interest in rolling-out Windows 8 for various reasons, demand by individual employees at these companies expressed slightly more interest in Windows 8 (38%) than 7 (35%).

Even with some Windows 8 demand, however, IT managers seem disinterested in the costs of moving to this particular version. Instead, many are looking at Windows 7. But from an ROI perspective, many companies prefer to adopt the latest OS so that its official support lasts as long as possible. With Windows 7 having been out for a few years already, its support lifespan is likely to be less than Windows 8's - unless of course Microsoft keeps things alive much like it has with Windows XP.

On the topic of XP, that's a definite sticking-point for some IT departments. With official support of that ending next April, the time is now to decide whether or not to adopt 8, 7, or in rarer cases, go with another solution.

As Forrester's report is available commercially, most of the interesting facts are kept bundled inside, so many of the exact reasons why IT departments are avoiding Windows 8 are unclear. However, we're certain that part of the reason comes from the fact that the OS has had limited consumer adoption, and so it's likely that the next major release from Microsoft is going to be more appealing. At the same time, few IT departments want to invest in touch-based devices, which thrive on the OS.

With Microsoft's free Windows 8 update coming this year, 8.1, we have to wonder if that will change any opinions to work in the favor of the company. While 8.1 retains the Start screen that's the ire of many, it does seem to remedy many other complaints.

Something tells me that if Microsoft had of given users an option between a traditional Start menu and Start screen in Windows 8 and also gave the option to revert other OS mechanics (such as the process of shutting down), IT adoption would have been much more likely.

  • | Post Points: 80
Not Ranked
Posts 1
Points 5
Joined: May 2013

Nothing new, IT departments always wait several years to change OS. Where I work it took 4 years after XP came out to change from 98 to XP, and then two years ago upgraded to Windows 7.

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 6
Points 30
Joined: Apr 2013

Not surprising.... win8 is garbage...

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 500 Contributor
Posts 121
Points 920
Joined: Mar 2013

IT departments are just now going to 7, if they're even doing that.

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 27
Points 145
Joined: Mar 2013

Where I work; we still have quite a few XP machines. We have a fair share of windows 7 machines as well and a few windows 8 machines. Our customers don't bother upgrading often; due to learning curves. So, I doubt many XP users would jump from XP to 8. Most likely too 7 due to learning curves.

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 49
Points 395
Joined: Jun 2012

It is quite predictable. The upgrade from XP to 7 was not yet completed in many large companies. It is hard to economically justify a new upgrade project when many try to keep costs down.

Win8 is a good OS though

  • | Post Points: 5
Page 1 of 1 (6 items) | RSS