Windows 8.1 Won't Speed Up Corporate Upgrades: 10 Reasons Why

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-06-25 Print this article Print

5. IT investments are going elsewhere including to mobile devices

Despite a reduction in PC spending, enterprise customers are actually going out of their way to invest in other solutions. In fact, cloud spending is flying high. Companies are also investing in big data analysis technologies. A lot of corporate money is going into non-Windows tablets and other mobile devices. All of that is bad news for Microsoft and Windows 8.1.

6. The enterprise is suspicious about Microsoft promises

Microsoft shot itself in the foot with Windows 8. Prior to its launch, the company claimed that it would be the best solution it's ever launched for enterprise customers. And those that jumped on the bandwagon were burned. Now, Microsoft is saying that again. Enterprise customers are going to be more cautious than ever.

7. Free doesn't matter

Microsoft thinks that it can win over some customers by offering Windows 8.1 at no charge. But for enterprise customers, that's really not much of an incentive to get the software. After all, if the corporate world isn't investing in Windows 8 now, what difference will a free upgrade make?

8. Where's the enterprise push?

All of this discussion fails to point out one essential point about Windows 8.1: Microsoft hasn't made the case for why enterprise customers should invest in the software. In fact, the company has spent an inordinate amount of time talking about consumer-focused upgrades. That's a bad omen for IT decision-makers, and it provides even more reason to not upgrade to Windows 8.

9. Surface hurt the enterprise's view

Microsoft's plunge into the tablet market with the Surface Pro and Surface RT was a serious misstep when it comes to analyzing the company's performance in the enterprise. Corporate customers are concerned that Microsoft is trying to do too much with its software, and its market strategy seems to be going in too many uncertain directions. That's a red flag for IT decision-makers that are already pleased with Windows 7.

10. There are questions over Microsoft's plans

Some reports have suggested that there is some inner turmoil within Microsoft right now, and the company is considering a broad realignment of its business to more effectively adapt to the changing times. How Windows and Windows 8 will fit into that is currently unknown. Windows is obviously not going away. But it could take a backseat to Microsoft's cloud ambitions, according to some reports. If that's the case, expect the enterprise to become more than a little concerned.

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