Will Enterprises Be Ready to Upgrade?

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-07-03 Print this article Print


5. Desktops€™ continued decline 

According to most research firms, desktops are on the way out. It won€™t happen anytime soon, of course, but their once-massive growth rates in shipments has declined and notebooks and Ultrabooks are taking over. Even tablets are hurting desktops. If desktop sales drop precipitously€”a not-so unlikely scenario, according to some analysts€”Windows 8 will be hurt. 

6. Poor Ultrabook adoption 

All of the talk in the mobile PC space revolves around Ultrabooks. The ultra thin, ultra lightweight computers are designed with mobile customers in mind and could dramatically improve the Windows ecosystem€™s standing against the MacBook Air and the iPad. However, if prices stay up and demand turns sluggish, Windows 8 could be in for serious trouble. 

7. Apple€™s iPad move 

Apple€™s iPad is the product that might have a major impact on Windows 8, and yet, it€™s often overlooked in a discussion of the operating system. The iPad is the Surface€™s chief competitor, and the product that Microsoft€™s tablet will be judged against. If the iPad hurts the Surface, Windows 8 adoption could prove sluggish. 

8. Microsoft efforts to diversify 

For many years Microsoft€™s focus was on PC operating systems and application software. But over the past decade the company has diversified through the development of everything from personal media players to video game consoles. That hurt Vista and could very well hurt Windows 8 if Microsoft doesn€™t focus on the most important task at hand. 

9. The enterprise€™s issues with upgrading 

As Microsoft knows all too well, the enterprise is not so keen on jumping on the latest and greatest products. Instead, it takes its time to determine if a particular product is right for what it€™s after. Although that is to be expected with Windows 8, with a sluggish economy still impacting firms, there€™s no telling when the spending freeze might start to thaw. If it takes longer than expected, Windows 8 could deal with some adoption problems.

 10. Windows 7 

Windows 7 is highly popular. The operating system is, in fact, the most popular Microsoft has offered at this point in its lifecycle. Considering that, how might Windows 8 adoption be impacted? Sure, Windows 8 will be a better operating system (on paper, at least), but to many, that doesn€™t matter. Windows 7 is a known OS with high-quality features. Many users, at home and in enterprises, could very well take their time upgrading to Windows 8 just as Windows XP users did when Microsoft introduced Windows Vista. This could be true even assuming that Window 8 is vastly superior to Vista and a major step up from Windows 7. 

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Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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