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Windows 8 Survival Guide: End Users and Mobility

Sep 11, 2012

Noise and Light

Microsoft is a creature of habit when it comes to major software releases. Right on schedule--almost three years to the day after Windows 7 hit the streets--comes Windows 8. But the computing world has changed radically since then. The iPad has put a ­serious dent in PC sales, while smartphones are meeting more communication and collaboration needs.

Windows 8 is Microsoft's attempt to merge the best of PCs and tablets into a single platform, hence many of the biggest changes from Windows 7 are on the outside: a dramatically new UI; integrated touch screen support; a faster, redesigned browser; and built-in cloud storage. Most of these features are designed for consumers, not business. But in a hyperconnected, mobile world, they fit some needs of enterprise users as well.

In this report, we'll dive into Windows 8 platform updates, break down the new UI, and look at application changes and features designed to enhance mobile use, all with an eye toward what they mean to enterprises. Drawing from our latest Windows 8 survey, we'll see what IT pros think of the new features and assess their deployment plans. We'll wrap with a to-do list for organizations wondering how to approach this most dramatic change to Microsoft's desktop OS since Windows 95. (S5640912)

Survey Name   InformationWeek 2012 Windows 8 Survey
Survey Date   June 2012
Region   North America
Number of Respondents    859 business technology professionals
Purpose   To gauge adoption plans for Windows 8 at organizations with 500 or more ­employees

Research Report