Microsoft Windows 8 'Gamble' Will Not Pay Off with Enterprises: Gartner
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Microsoft Windows 8 'Gamble' Will Not Pay Off with Enterprises: Gartner

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Bangalore: Microsoft has been in the news for its new products including the ambitious Windows 8 and MS Office 2013. With these new releases, the software giant is expecting to win back its market share from its arch rivals; Apple’s Mac and other open source operating systems.



But according to Gartner, the new Windows will only see a 20-25 percent of operating system peak in corporate PCs. In an interview given to computerworld.com, Gartner analysts said that Microsoft is playing a ‘big gamble’ riding high on Windows 8 (slated to release on Oct 26) and MS Office 2013 but it is an inevitable risk Microsoft will have to take in order to compete with companies coming up with mobile trends and new technologies.



The analysts added that Windows 8 might turn out to be a failure with the enterprises as IT administrators may find it too much similar to already established Windows 7 or because they might find it too different to get comfortable with. But the major factor that can act as a hurdle for Windows 8 to become a success is the widely popular XP.



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1: Load of crap!. Are you insinuating that IT Administrators are stupid and lack foresight by inferring that; "IT administrators may find it too much similar to already established Windows 7 or because they might find it too different to get comfortable with."
Some IT managers have lost their jobs because they did not see changes as such did not act accordingly which crippled their organizations. You would like to tell me that you knew the iPhone and iPad coming and just knew it was a hit, well MS and the rest of them that reacted late are now paying dearly for these devices late adoptions. Please ask Intel who never thought ARM processors can harm their business.
The beauty of Win8 in opinion is actually the opposite view of the same fact your are crushing, I expect smart IT administrators to see the desktop portion of win7 as familiar enough to dabble with, plus its more added security ease of use ROI from various points of view, the bonus is the active tiles touch enable start screen that would be highly invaluable in a manufacturing sectors especially for EI (Equipment Integration) software engineers. The possibilities are endless. The ROI on office 365 is mind buggling, that will allow corporations to truly take advantage of the cloud and collaborations.
Is Win8 a gamble, no, it is a HUGE gamble, that I strongly believe is needed by MS to compete because whether you and I like or not, time is changing and that is the only constant that is guaranteed.
-Dayo Soyemi, Austin TX.
Posted by:Dayo Soyemi - 27 Sep, 2012
2: Windows 8 will flop!
Posted by:Krrish - 27 Sep, 2012