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Gartner: Windows 8 Won't Be Another Vista

Maybe the Windows franchise is too big to fail, but in any case, Gartner experts are debunking some negative talk that Microsoft will end up with another Vista dud when Windows 8 is released as a product. They point out that Vista had its own problems, but Windows 8 is just a different kettle of fish. For one thing, Windows 8 is much more compatible with Windows 7, Gartner explained in a blog post.

IT shops are still struggling with the time and expense of moving from Windows XP to Windows 7, leaving less time to focus on Windows 8, Gartner points out. Questions still remain, such as how the Metro-style user interface in Windows 8 will affect computing environments. Gartner expects that consumer use of Metro-style apps will be a compelling force for enterprise adoption of Windows 8.

Gartner's final message in the blog post seems to be that IT pros should not ignore Windows 8, nor should they skip it, even though Gartner now labels Windows 8 as an "off-cycle release." Sheesh.

So, have you got time to bone up on Windows 8 as Gartner suggests? Tell Doug about your Windows 8 investigations at dbarney@redmondmag.com.
-- By Kurt Mackie

Posted by Kurt Mackie on 03/09/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Reader Comments:

Mon, Mar 12, 2012 TN San Diego, CA

Metro GUI is probably good for tablet users with touchscreen experiences, for most serious business users, the classic GUI still rules. The problem is Windows 8 classic GUI is not a user friendly GUI when compared to Win7 GUI. You need a technical knowledge to dig out components that can be seen easily under Win7 and then put them on the desktop as shortcuts. Even after all the hassles, Windows 8 GUI still has missing favorite Menu components that Win7 has.How many average users have the time and knowledge to do this? Simply, we can't mix business with pleasure. Win7 still rules.

Mon, Mar 12, 2012 Erin Shaw San Antonio, TX

I ran the developer preview on an older IBM tablet and it ran fine...really limited but not surprising. As soon as the consumer preview was available I installed on the same tablet and I love it. It's quirky as are most pre-releases but after some getting used to where to find things it rocks! I suspect the more folks get used to the tiles the more successful it will be. It's pretty, users like pretty and since most smart phones have gone to a tile type appearance it's not all that shocking to see it in an OS. Give it a chance before writing it off.

Sun, Mar 11, 2012 James

Gartner has been an 'official' astroturfing shill for MSFT for so long, I wonder why any self-respecting IT pros would still believe their analysis/forecasts. Of course, if you're a Microsoft employee or shareholder...

Sun, Mar 11, 2012 Sameer Singh India

Gartner's just hedging their bets. Microsoft is banking on consumer adoption to drive enterprise adoption.That isn't going to happen for the following reasons: http://www.tech-thoughts.net/2012/02/windows-8-will-it-succeed.html

Sun, Mar 11, 2012 rkfaraz

I would say about Windows, you dont need to lean but find the old stuff on new locations,as miscrosoft copy ides from others and change the location of programs .. i love Linux MINT must try will forget every thing................

Sat, Mar 10, 2012 Kevin United Kingdom

Having used every version from 3.1 onwards (except ME and NT), I have found every version worked; some much better than others - Windows 8 just doesn't! SOME applications/programs already installed under Win 7 can be started and used, while some can't. The "new" parts of Win 8 just don't respond, and varying settings have no effect. I've now tried the system on two different machines with the same outcome on each. Windows 8 has allegedly been primarily designed for tablets, but for desktops and laptops? The "user interface" is virtually unusable in this format, and I fear this will be the biggest disaster that Microsoft has ever suffered. I intend to continue with this for some time ("it ain't going to beat me!") but I don't feel very optimistic....

Fri, Mar 9, 2012

Vista was a disaster but not because of interface issues. It was a disaster because of all the pauses and timeouts post pre- and post SP1. Vista did have other issues with backup manager disappearing and denying fax ability to home users, but overall Vista was an achievement (except for those cursed OS problems under the hood). Metro is a goofy, kludgey, UI that is being forced down the throats of PC users. Microsoft knows how to make enemies but do they understand just how much enmity they will earn when this starts being installed on the venerable PC and non-touch laptop? Metro does its best to deprecate the Windows 7 work environment making the Windows desktop look tired and old. Great, except who wants to use Metro for day to day tasks when all they have is a keyboard and a mouse? Metro apps look incredibly stupid alongside their more mature cousins. In the end Metro will become the laughing stock of the industry. Too bad because underneath Metro is a newer and better Windows 7+ (aka Windows 8). Too bad indeed.

Fri, Mar 9, 2012 Bob Arkansas

I used Vista for 4 years and I can tell you that Vista is a wonderful operating system compared to the usability of Windows 8. In Windows 8 your always bumping into roadblocks trying to find things, trying to find out how to do things, and there is no ryme or reason for where things are or how they work. Do you remember .NET version 1? Neither does anyone else.

Fri, Mar 9, 2012 Jon Florida

Gartner 6 years ago: "Windows Vista is not going to be another Windows ME." Gartner Today: "Windows 8 is not going to be another Windows Vista." Let me tell you why it is, and why you're totally out of 'touch' by relying on adoption of the metro style interface. The metro style interface is designed with touchscreens in mind. Trying to push out an interface obviously designed for touchscreens as the main navigational interface to a market of which touchscreen displays compose of less than 1%. So it has the classic windows interface below it, I get that. What I'm saying is I don't have a problem with the interface being available- but for the main navigational interface?? What are they smoking in redmond?? Stop trying to play catch up in markets you have no business being (Search and Mobile) and do what you do best- release solid, efficient OS' optimized to improve navigation with a keyboard and mouse.

Fri, Mar 9, 2012 Clarence Tennis United States

I work a small department within a large educational institution, so my comments might not juxtapose well with the majority of your readers. I have a very heterogeneous environment which includes XP on teaching lab machines, Windows 7 on most office workstations, OS X Tiger Server, Tiger and Leopard workstations all with Parallels and either Windows 7 or Windows XP. Plus data gathers that run DOS, Window 2000, Windows 98, and a web server running Linux and a machine that builds images that runs Linux. I have to learn Windows 8 as soon as possible. In fact I'm using it as a day to day OS since it was released. I am installing it on a Dell Inspiron Convertible next week. Someone in my department will add it to their digital arsenal when it's released and I'll be charged with knowing more about it than they do at that moment.

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