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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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