The year 2012 is winding down and that’s when predictions about next year start showing up from various analysts.
This time around we have Gartner’s list of predictions, two of which really focus on Windows 8 and the enterprise. Without further ado, here they are:
Slow Windows 8 Enterprise Adoption
As a Windows 8 site dedicated to the enterprise, we believe that there is a lot of potential for Windows 8 to rock the business world. That said, it doesn’t take a fortune teller to predict that its slow adoption will likely continue into 2013.
Gartner says that businesses aren’t ready for Windows 8 just yet. That said, I don’t agree with the analysts at Gartner that are suggesting that 90% of enterprises will skip Windows 8 altogether. Instead, I feel that the slow pace of Windows 8 will continue into the 1st (maybe even 2nd) quarter of 2013. As businesses start to understand that a unified Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 experience can help overall efficiency, I believe that things will start to turn in Microsoft’s favor.
More businesses will likely be considering Windows 8 for their mobility needs by mid-to-late 2013. I do believe that Windows 7 will still continue to dominate overall in the enterprise environment, but many companies will take a mixed approach: they will keep Windows 7 on the desktop but will adopt Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8/RT devices for their mobility needs.
Windows PC Dominance Continues to Fade
Again, this seems like an obvious one. Consumers are buying less PCs and more tablets and phones for their households. By 2015, Gartner believes that 80 percent of handsets will be smartphones and that only 20 percent will run on Windows Phone.
As far as the enterprise world is concerned, Gartner believes that 90% of enterprises will support at least two mobile operating systems, and in the next five years 65% of businesses will use some kind of mobile-device management solution.
There are many other predictions from Gartner, which you can check out by clicking the source, but these are certainly the big hitters.
I honestly agree for the most part, but let’s understand that even if Windows 8 isn’t going to be a big part of the enterprise world right away, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good OS.
Let’s think about this for a second.
Why Windows 8 could be a win for Enterprise Situations
A stunning 90% of businesses by 2015 will support two or more mobile operating systems, likely on top of some form of desktop Windows as well– at least according to Gartner. Think of the IT and admin costs for training and maintaining these multiple systems.
While iOS and Android can work with a Windows-based enterprise environment, going all Windows across the board can truly eliminate frustration, confusion and training/maintenance costs.
If you own a small business and have need of tablets and a unified phone program for your company, why not consider Windows 8? It will make life easier across the board. This is even more true if your company utilizes in-house programs. You can eventually make a Metro-version of your software and will find that this version can play nicely with Windows RT, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 with just a little porting work.
Are you a business considering Windows 8, if so, what is holding you back right now?