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Survey Reveals Companies' Early Windows 8 Reactions and Plans

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PC Helps, the premier provider of 24/7, expert, on-demand support for core office software applications and mobile devices used every day by corporate employees, recently completed the first in a series of Windows 8 Pulse Surveys designed to gauge reactions and plans to migrate to Windows 8 – information which the company needs to estimate demand for its services and to plan resourcing and hiring. More than 500 IT leaders and managers from US-based companies with 500 employees or more, across a range of industries, responded to the survey and a majority of the respondents (70%) were from companies with 2,500 or more employees.

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I'm honoured, Longcat.
 
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That report kinda smells like propaganda... but coming from a company that makes money on people upgrading and needing support for new products, I guess it's not suspicious at all. Pretty sure the "Microsoft Gold Certified Partner" status also has nothing to do with it...
 

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Military wont move to it immediately for their basic terminals. I also like to mention they dont say anything about disadvantages which there are plenty already.
 

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  • 70% of respondents indicated their organizations are already fully on, or in process of moving to Windows 7, suggesting that their organizational environments are or will soon be ready to make the next move – to Windows 8.
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We are currently on XP and will be moving to windows 8.

We are not happy with it as an operating system, but it provides more longevity than windows 7. When you upgrade as a company, you should always go to the latest stable release version.
 
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OMG everyone. start8 or pokki lol

best windows experience ever now
 
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The company that sent out the survey supplies office software support, so none of the respondents will be medium to large tech companies (who would use internal support). If you were a non-tech company moving to windows 7 and had never heard about the complaints with windows 8 then of course you'd be interested in moving to it - after all windows 7 is much better than xp and so 8 must be better than 7.

None of the people I work with (in an IT services company) have any interest or want to move to windows 8 - this is in a stark contrast to the vast majority wanting to move to 7 from xp. Of course this is a small sample of the people in the same company as me, but it does show a big difference in demand between 7 and 8.
 

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70% of respondents indicated their organizations are already fully on, or in process of moving to Windows 7, suggesting that their organizational environments are or will soon be ready to make the next move – to Windows 8.
If they're "in process of moving to Windows 7", I don't think they'll be moving on to Windows 8 for a while.
 
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These sponsored surveys are not necessary... unless you are trying to prove something. MS is trying to prove something to the World. They are trying to tell us that WE WANT W8. Funny. That's not what I heard the World saying about W8. Is MS trying to speak for us? Is it trying to think for us? Apparently so.
 

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At the time of the survey, only 38% of the respondents had hands-on experience with Windows 8, while 25% said they had had little to no exposure to it.
"Hands-on experience" and "little or no exposure" seems to cover the bases.
So what about the other 37%? Did they forget to answer the question?
 
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These sponsored surveys are not necessary... unless you are trying to prove something. MS is trying to prove something to the World. They are trying to tell us that WE WANT W8. Funny. That's not what I heard the World saying about W8. Is MS trying to speak for us? Is it trying to think for us? Apparently so.
M$ is and they'll likely fail. M$ just isn't Apple. They do not have total control over the hardware end to force it. Apple on the other hand does. You could buy the best and most awesome Mac now, and within a year Apple could decide not to support it with future OS revisions because of some odd reason. Apple has actually been doing this. They used to say 5 years, but then they broke that.

When it was tech like Core Image, they kinda had to force people to change. But they've been releasing and discontinuing Macs that should have no problem running the newer OSX builds aside from maybe RAM amounts. As Macs become more and more appliances, we'll see Apple doing it quicker.

If M$ tries to do this, gonna make a lot of folks angry. Lot of businesses do not like updating hardware all the time. Worked at a water park and it took them a decade to finally update hardware. When they did, they still took the lowest of the low end parts. Sat one day for an hour trying to print something out from a flash drive. That was with a C2D machine too. Poor thing was completely overloaded with work it was handling in the background. Where they needed an i7, they installed a C2D.../facepalm
 

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M$ is and they'll likely fail. M$ just isn't Apple. They do not have total control over the hardware end to force it. Apple on the other hand does. You could buy the best and most awesome Mac now, and within a year Apple could decide not to support it with future OS revisions because of some odd reason. Apple has actually been doing this. They used to say 5 years, but then they broke that.

When it was tech like Core Image, they kinda had to force people to change. But they've been releasing and discontinuing Macs that should have no problem running the newer OSX builds aside from maybe RAM amounts. As Macs become more and more appliances, we'll see Apple doing it quicker.

If M$ tries to do this, gonna make a lot of folks angry. Lot of businesses do not like updating hardware all the time. Worked at a water park and it took them a decade to finally update hardware. When they did, they still took the lowest of the low end parts. Sat one day for an hour trying to print something out from a flash drive. That was with a C2D machine too. Poor thing was completely overloaded with work it was handling in the background. Where they needed an i7, they installed a C2D.../facepalm
Cost of upgrades plus down time means business is crippled considerably. Businesses upgrade normally in 5-10 years at a time
 
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The company that sent out the survey supplies office software support, so none of the respondents will be medium to large tech companies (who would use internal support). If you were a non-tech company moving to windows 7 and had never heard about the complaints with windows 8 then of course you'd be interested in moving to it - after all windows 7 is much better than xp and so 8 must be better than 7.

None of the people I work with (in an IT services company) have any interest or want to move to windows 8 - this is in a stark contrast to the vast majority wanting to move to 7 from xp. Of course this is a small sample of the people in the same company as me, but it does show a big difference in demand between 7 and 8.
Yes, but it's not only tech companies that use computers. A huge portion of companies that rely on computers are not tech related in their core businesses. And many of them don't have in-house support and IT administration, they have outsourced them.

Of course if they have just finished migrating to Windows 7, it makes little sense to move to 8. But there is still a huge crowd of XP/Vista users, and to them migrating to the latest version is a better option. They are going to have to migrate before the XP support ends. If they can choose between 7 and 8, why would they choose the one that has shorter support span left?

But the 70% figure still sounds a bit high, as I really find it suspect that so many of the respondents would already have planned and started the migration. I've never seen it happen this quickly with any previous version.