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You Want Windows 8 in the Enterprise

Some 1,400 Redmond Report and Redmond magazine readers were kind and patient enough to respond to our Windows 8 survey, and it turns out that Windows 8 is pretty intriguing, at least for 60.9 percent of you. That's how many are very interested (20.7 percent) or somewhat interested (40.2 percent) in using the new OS in their shops.

Win 8 may be good news for OEMs. Perhaps because of its touch interface and new graphics, nearly 60 percent say they will likely buy new hardware to run the new OS.

Redmond readers are still unsure about the exact nature of Windows 8 backwards compatibility, and its migration plans depend on learning more. More compatibility equals more and faster migration. Less compatibility and the opposite happens.

On a personal level, a bit more than a quarter of readers are very interested and a bit less than a third somewhat interested in Windows 8. Top features? Smartphone and tablet integration.

 

Posted by Doug Barney on 06/04/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Reader Comments:

Wed, Jun 6, 2012 JP470 MISSOURI

Those tiles are ugly... beyond that it seems functional on my phone where ther is limited space, but I cannot imagine their practicality on my dual monitor desktop where I can't even stand the clutter of shortcuts.

Tue, Jun 5, 2012 Max Orlando

While I think that the RP has improved greatly over the CP from a few months back I'm strongly inclined to agree that Metro is not going to find a very warm welcome in a corporate setting. I can't begin to imagine how Metro could be used in our tech-support (or any other) department where users must have multiple overlapped windows when working. If they get Win8 on their systems they're just going to run desktop all the time anyway, so what's the point of the upgrade?

Mon, Jun 4, 2012 Patrick

I believe that the metro interface will be the downfall for Win8 in the enterprise. Most of the systems I have to work on require multiple windows opened on multiple screens at the same time. From what I've heard/seen, this isn't going to happen w/ metro. Since most of our systems were just upgraded to Win7 from XP, I think that the powers that be will be waiting for Win9 (and the elimination of the metro interface) before our next upgrade. Did I happen to mention that I absolutely hate the metro interface for desktops?

Mon, Jun 4, 2012 John

Most people use their desktop differently than a phone or tablet. They are baby versions of the desktop, and having one full screen window at a time is a step backwards that a large number of users are going to reject. Take that with Microsoft's habit of alternating between good os / bad or failed os every other release... 98 good ME very poor XP good Vista not so good, but better than ME 7 good 8 -- Will likely make ME look good

Mon, Jun 4, 2012 Gideon7 Minneapolis, USA

I'm trying to figure out if our company can write enterprise Metro apps for private distribution within a large organization. From what I can see it looks like Metro apps can only be downloaded and installed from the public Microsoft Store?

Mon, Jun 4, 2012 David Cruze Dallas, TX

Microsoft's claim that Win8 will install on any computer that Win7 can install on is incorrect. I successfully installed Win7 and Win8 CP on one of my many older P4 (socket 478) office PCs (with a 2006 BIOS). However, Win8 RP will not install and flags Error Code: 0x0000005D. It turns out that to install Win8 RP on your PC, the CPU must support the following features: Physical Address Extension (PAE), NX, and SSE2. Most CPUs have support for these features, so if you receive this error, it is likely because the NX feature is not enabled on your system. If the BIOS setting for the NX support option is not available on your system, you may need to contact the manufacturer for updating the BIOS. Note that some older processors may not contain these features and will be incompatible with Win8 RP. Microsoft says "We did make changes in the upgrade detection logic since the CP. The changes revolve around the default installer and how it checks for precise CPU features before continuing. Win8 requires the NX capabilities of modern CPUs. This is done for security reasons to ensure that malware defense features work reliably." So, it looks like I may have to pass on upgrading to Win8 when it is released. The upgrade plans for my XP computers will stop at Win7 (or stay with XP for a few years more) until Win9 becomes available. By then it will finally be time to upgrade all my office PC hardware. Microsoft should not advertise that Win8 will run on any PC that runs Win7 - this is incorrect and misleading. From the various blogs I’ve read, this situation is pissing off many potential Win8 customers. Maybe Win8 is will just be like another ME or Vista.

Mon, Jun 4, 2012 EVVJSK

Now, more than ever, pricing is going to be extremely important for Windows 8 PC makers and Microsoft pricing OS, CALs, etc... If they get pricing too high, the world may pass them by.

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