More years are needed for enterprises to adopt Windows 8

Gartner, the largest IT research and advisory firm in the world, says in a report that 90 percent of enterprises will bypass wholesale deployment of Windows 8 at least through 2014.

Though Microsoft makes many changes on this new operation system with the intention of better user experience just like Android, Windows 8 is so different from Windows 7 that to learn about its features will be a nightmare, some experts say. Take Windows 8 password authentication methods as an example, since it has added picture password and PIN code as implementations to text password, users should learn how to create password in Windows 8 and also Windows 8 password reset ways when forget it.

“It’s going to be traumatic, I think, especially if the organization doesn’t have an excellent training program for users.” says Georges Khairallah, a network specialist at the Chino Valley Unified School District in Chino Valley, Calif., who has used Windows 8 for weeks to administer his network.

Enterprises are cautious in adoption of new operation systems. Nowadays, most IT shops are still in the midst to change Windows XP to Windows 7. We can see Windows 7 has now become the most popular OS because of its satisfactory performance. Also, as we all know, support of Windows XP will last till 2014, so still some enterprise insist on the old and reliable operation system. As for Windows 8, only 4% of firms say they have plans to migrate to Windows 8 in the next 12 months.
Another big concern that results to slow adoption of Windows 8 in enterprise is its security performance. For example, Windows 8 has been found the first security danger that its password hints are in stored in registry in plain text. We can predict that there must be many potential security problems in this new OS. In addition, Windows 8 shares many core underpinnings with Windows 7, say, policy management, and there isn’t too much security advantage to Windows 7, the stable and relative safe operation system most widely used by PC users.

In addition, in order to use Windows 8 with full functionality, it is necessary for enterprises to make use of touch screen monitors. It is obviously not well suitable to be used by enterprise desktops and won’t improve the productivity of workers who are used to using traditional desktops. What’s more, the expense for it is not cheap. For some small or middle enterprise, it doesn’t worth consideration at all.

The upgrade price of Windows 8 has been raised since this month with the end of Microsoft’s sales promotion. It will also make some influence to the sales Windows 8 in the short term.

What’s the fate of Windows 8, the milestone of Microsoft’s operation system? It is too early to predict. However, at least, in the near future, it must be a long process to be adopted by enterprises.

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