A survey has revealed that a large number of businesses are already planning to upgrade to Windows 8.
Business IT organizations are already beginning to plan their Windows 8 deployment plans. A study of 973 IT pros by InformationWeek has revealed that Windows 8 is already on IT organizations radar. “We were surprised that, even at this early stage, Windows 8 is already on the radar for many IT organizations,” said Art Wittmann, VP and director of research and reports at InformationWeek.
Microsoft is currently preparing a beta copy of Windows 8 before it ships a Release Candidate and final version next year. The software giant has previously urged businesses to carry on migrating to Windows 7 instead of waiting on Windows 8. InformationWeek’s findings show that businesses are clearly eager to understand how Windows 8 will impact their environments. Around 90% of businesses are already committed to migrating away from Windows XP and Office 2003 and to modern software such as Windows 7 combined with Office 2010.
Microsoft recently cited a Gartner report from September entitled “Don’t change your Windows 7 plans because of Windows 8.” The report suggests it would be dangerous for businesses to attempt to skip Windows 7 and move directly to Windows 8. “Organizations running Windows XP and working on Windows 7 migrations: Continue as planned; do not switch to Windows 8,” says Gartner. The advice follows concerns that businesses will not find the time to upgrade to Windows 8 by the April 2014 cut off point for mainstream support.
The promise of full tablet computing with Windows 8 will likely interest business and enterprise users of Windows. A number of fortune 500 companies are currently trialing Apple iPad devices in their organizations due to the lack of a true Windows tablet offering. The introduction of a Windows 8 operating system with tablet support and backed by Microsoft’s impressive management and security solutions will likely entice IT organizations.
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