Enterprises, evaluate Windows 8 now (even if you won't use it)

Enterprises, evaluate Windows 8 now (even if you won't use it)

Summary: Even if you're absolutely 100 percent sure that your business or enterprise isn't going to roll out the forthcoming Windows 8, at least give it a try, says one analyst.


You may love it, you may loathe it. But Windows 8 is here to stay -- at least for the foreseeable future -- and the workplace should at least try to embrace it, says one Forrester analyst. 

Businesses and enterprises should evaluate Windows 8 as soon as possible, even if they know for an absolute fact they will not roll it out on existing networks, says Forrester's David Johnson.

Above all other reasons is that bring-your-own-device (BYOD) practices are becoming more commonplace in the business environment and IT departments ultimately must decide whether to let in the business-friendly tablet or not. 

Though Forrester believes that Android devices and iPads will continue to gain momentum in the enterprise space over Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets, it "could take off quickly like the iPad," with businesses noting a sudden influx in demand.

Windows 8, at this stage -- only hours before it is formally launched by the Redmond, WA.-based software giant -- has seen less interest than its predecessor, Windows 7. Forrester believes that Windows 8 could be "skipped," but BYOD may power its growth. 

According to Johnson, enterprises should buy a range of devices running the forthcoming operating system, testing and evaluating the software, deploying the features, and giving it a run for its money in one's own business setting. 

However, it's worth noting that ZDNet's Ed Bott described Windows 8 as "the new XP." Remember when Windows XP was first brought out? It was like a contrast color mortar to the face. The greens and blues were so bright it could melt the screen. 

Windows XP was "slow to take hold," and users "cling[ed] to old Microsoft operating systems." Microsoft even extended support for Windows 98 and Windows ME, it was seen as that much of a disaster. More than a decade later, and many businesses are still using it. Windows 7 has only recently overtaken Windows XP in market share rankings, according to Net Applications

Reviewers have criticized Windows 8 for its radical new user interface, which many believe is too radical and difficult to understand. While the underlying features, security enhancements and the added integration with its Windows Server 2012 counterpart have received on the whole rave reviews, the visual aesthetic and 'learning curve' means many business workers will have to "re-learn" the operating system. 

But in spite of that, once you're over that Windows 8 learning curve -- whether you love it or loathe it -- it's here to stay, unless Microsoft throws out Windows 9 in a year or so in an attempt to claw back the damage from Windows 8.

At this stage, it's too early to gauge what effect impact the operating system will have on the market, let alone the enterprise sector, despite what the analysts, pundits and reviewers say. But Microsoft's move to the post-PC market -- think Surface -- will likely lessen the damage and maximize the impact of the next-generation software.

(via Network World)

Topics: Windows, Microsoft, Mobile OS, Operating Systems, Tablets

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  • The point was?

    Even if considering tablets, businesses are going to choose expensive W8/RT ones over decent $200 Android offerings? No way.

    Everyone says Office in RT is cool. But hey why do we need someone typing stuff on touchscreen in Word (this, losing about 1500% of productivity). Or maybe filling charts in Excel. Oh so nice with the resistive touchscreen. You either scale it up so theres only few cells in your screen, or you miss your cells all the time. Way to go! (losing about...hmmm....5000% of productivity)
    • *typo

      quite nice with resistive, not nice with capacitive

      when will the edit feature get back...
    • The point was...

      If you're a BYOD friendly business, you need to evaluate Windows 8 whether or not you plan on installing it on your office computers, because you need to decide whether you're going to support Windows 8/RT devices your employees may buy.

      Assuming none of them will buy Windows 8/RT tablets or notebooks is a foolish.
    • My opinion about Surface

      1. Waste of time
      2. Waste of money
      3. Worm sucker
      4. Ugly piece of crap
  • ipads and androids ( if any) will be thrown out

    ipads and androids ( if any) will be thrown out and Win 8 Win RT devices will be the new enterprise darlings and blackberries will be replaced by WP8.
  • Enterprises, evaluate Windows 8 now (even if you won't use it)

    It is always in an enterprise's best interest to evaluate the latest versions of Microsoft Windows 8. Since they are already on Microsoft Windows the transition would be pretty easy to go to the newest version and still maintain support. With each release Microsoft always improves the security and compatibility of Windows as well as making it more functional and easier to use. That's where the true benefit is. I'm pushing for Windows 8 here, just waiting for a response on my request.
    Loverock Davidson-
    • Except on a Surface RT

      Since RT requires apps only from the MS store, your Enterprise VPN vendors will need to write a compatible version of their VPN product first (the Active Key / RSA) and put it on the MS store. By that time, Intel tablets will be in full force. Enterprises which use only MS VPN (e.g. SSTP) are probably O.K., but the author is right, that will need to be tested by the I.T. dept. Either way, when BYOD users start asking the Help Desk to configure their Surface, good luck....
  • If WP8 gains momentum

    It can drive whole W8 ecosystem. My experience is, that interface is simple to learn (tested on friends and family), those who own WP7.5 now are satisfied customers and they will have little to none problem to adapt to Windows 8. If I add to that also extended/upgraded WP8 in RT tablet, I can see quite clearly, how it will develop. Office on all devices is a glue for users and bussineses.
    Call it smart or monopoly or whatever, but fact is, corporate means Office first, than come other parameters.
  • Clover Trail?

    I think Clover Trail has a good chance of taking off with businesses. Thus far there isn't much of a price difference between ARM and CT devices, yet the latter offer Intel's hardware security provisions and x86 compatibility. I also feel some subtle favouring on the part of OEMs towards their Intel devices. Now if Clover Trail performs comparably to ARM, I can see Windows 8 climbing into favour with businesses for mobile computing for the next few years.

    ARM/Windows RT won't go away, but we may not see a lot of adoption until (1) prices are lower and (2) a robust app catalogue in the Windows Store. The latter can be achieved if more and more users of Intel-devices rely on Metro UI and apps as opposed to the desktop, hence spurring demand for Metro apps.
  • App Store

    I would think it would be in the best interest of Microsoft, Intel, AMD, Samsung, HP, Asus and Acer to get Windows app Store filled as quickly as possible..
  • Windows is just waste of time and money...

    ... and that's why there is no need to use that worm sucking operation system.