Feeds

Windows 8

Apple iOS 7 makes some users literally SICK. As in puking, not upset

Excessive zoom and 3D-effect graphics in Apple's latest iOS is leaving some users reaching for the sick bucket

Survey: Win8 only HALF as popular as Win7 among IT bosses

Redmond needs BYODers to clamor for its fondleslabs

The essential guide to IT transformation

Microsoft has staked a lot on Windows 8 being the key to its future, but preliminary numbers from analyst house Forrester suggest that business isn't too keen on the new OS.

The firm's 2009 survey data for Windows 7 shows that at this point in its sales cycle, 49 per cent of firms expected to upgrade to that then-new operating system. Forrester has now surveyed 1,282 IT managers in the US and Europe concerning Windows 8, and found that figure has dropped to less than a quarter.

In addition, only five per cent of those surveyed had plans to upgrade to Windows 8 in the next 12 months, compared to 10 per cent back in 2009. More worrying for Microsoft is that barely half had even bothered to look at it seriously, compared to 73 per cent for the older OS.

It seems that Microsoft's blitz to convince the world that Windows is the future has thus far had limited effect in Western server rooms.

It's no longer Stephen Sinofsky's problem, of course, but to be scrupulously fair to Steve Ballmer and his cohorts, the Forrester results aren't really comparing like with like.

Back in 2009, most IT managers had had XP up and running for five or so years and might well have been getting sick of installing a barrage of monthly updates. In addition, the early adopters who'd jumped for Vista were most likely regretting their impetuosity and were keen to move on.

win8upgrade

Windows unimagined

Unfortunately for Microsoft, this year's launch came while many companies that could otherwise be early adopters were still settling in with Windows 7, so there's little enthusiasm for an early upgrade on the client or server side. The main benefits of Windows 8 for the end user are also derived from using the touch interface, and that's still uncommon in most businesses.

Consumers are going to be where the operating system initially sells most, and the Forrester figures do hold some promising news for Microsoft on the tablet front that could be very useful to Redmond in the Bring Your Own Device market push that's on every marketeer's lips.

Of the 9,766 employees questioned in Forrester's survey, a fifth said they'd prefer their next fondleslab operating system to be Windows 8, with another 12 per cent wanting a Windows 7 tablet. Apple got 26 per cent of consumer confidence in the vote, while Android languished at 11 per cent.

win8byod

One in three want a Windows tablet, it seems

"Forrester does not expect enterprises to adopt Windows 8 as their primary IT standard," commented Forrester senior analyst David Johnson. "But we do expect that employees will force IT to have a formal support policy for Windows 8 for employee-owned devices. Windows 8 will accelerate BYOD demand."

How quickly that will happen is another matter. Microsoft has primed the pump somewhat with the Windows RT Surface, but it'll need the other manufacturers in the market to produce hardware that can drive demand on the x86 front if it's going to do well in the enterprise market. They seem to think they can, but time will tell. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.