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Employees prefer Windows 8 over Windows 7

Anuradha Shukla | May 20, 2013
48% of commercial PCs are running Windows 7, according to a Forrester’s survey of 10,000 global workers.

Thirty-eight percent of employees prefer to use Windows 8 on their work computers, compared with 35 percent for Windows 7, as per a Forrester's survey of about 10,000 global workers.

Most IT shops are still busy with switching to Windows 7 and they do not want to invest time and money in adopting Windows 8.

Although Windows XP's end of life date of 8 April 2014 is not very far away, most businesses are not ready to adopt Windows 8 as their primary standard.

Findings of the survey indicate that 48 percent of commercial PCs are running Windows 7, and newly deployed PCs in 76 percent of firms are powered by Windows 7.

Forrester expects high interest in alternative platforms such as iOS, Android, and Mac OS. Also, this interest will especially be seen in the most influential employees of an organisation.

Does not offer enough savings

IT decision-makers are not adopting Windows 8 as this product doesn't offer firms enough savings in operations.

These professionals don't see using this solution offering improvement and added value over their existing platform and analysis of data shows that early enterprise interest in Windows 8 is half that of Windows 7 prior to its release.

IT perceives iOS as the most preferred OS for tablets and 20 percent of the respondents said they prefer Windows 8 as compared to 26 percent for Apple iOS.

All these findings indicate that IT organisations should gear up to formally support Windows 8. If this does not appeal, they should consider permitting employee-owned Windows 8 devices in the organisations.

Forrester suggests organisations to create a virtual lab environment to test new platforms, apps, and devices. They can also begin with a small pilot for Windows 8 PCs and explore new form factor use, such as tablets, ultrabooks, and all-in-ones, that match specific worker profiles.


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