Windows 8: An Afterthought For Many Businesses
Microsoft is making a huge push for Windows 8 and its touchscreen friendly interface, yet, despite that push, the tech giant will likely be met with resistance from corporations. According to various reports, companies are viewing Windows 8 as a “non-essential” upgrade.
Some analysts have gone as far as to claim that many organizations will never adopt the new OS.
Microsoft is likely well aware of the refusal to be met by many firms; most of the company’s commercials and other ads so far have focused on consumer buyers.
Doug Johnson, head of risk management policy at the American Bankers Association, told Reuters:
“Windows 8 is, frankly, more of a consumer platform than it is a business platform, so it’s not something that makes any sense from a business perspective at this juncture. There is really no additional business functionality that Windows 8 gives you.”
He couldn’t be more correct as Windows 8 focuses on tablet and touchscreen enabled devices whose form factors don’t really mix in well with a standard Dell PC sitting on an employee’s desk.
Some companies have also voiced concern over the massive costs that could come with training employees to use a system that has confused thousands of users during beta testing.
The big corporate drawn? That will likely come from companies who work “in the field.” For example, field technicians looking for a tablet solution could turn to Windows 8. Microsoft’s OS is more powerful than standard tablet operating systems, and Windows 8 will be more likely to stay compatible with Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 apps already being used by certain firms.