The enterprise and business adaption of Windows 8 is of interest to a lot of technology circles. Microsoft has stopped shy of providing detailed breakdown of sales in this sector, but the general consensus among market watchers is that companies are playing the wait and see game here.
The folks over at Spiceworks have asked a total of 1,000 medium sized businesses about their thoughts on Microsoft’s new operating system, as well as their plans to migrate to Windows 8 — particularly with Windows XP’s end of line fast approaching.
Interestingly, 36 percent of the people who answered said that they saw no major improvements in the operating system over its predecessor. In fact, 57 percent of them agreed that it offered no real advantage over Windows 7.
However, 2 out of 3 businesses said that they were testing Windows 8 on a test workstation, and weighing in the advantages. Some respondents even admitted that Windows 8 has brought important speed improvements.
In fact, the top reasons from adopting the new OS (among the respondents who like Windows 8) are the increased speed, improved overall security as well as better manageability — all quite valid.
The full report with detailed breakdown is available at the link above, but the underlying similarities between Windows 8 and the previous version of the operating system is very much one of the major reasons of the slow pickup of Microsoft’s latest.