Windows 8 Deployment Survey Conducted, 23.3 Percent Plan to Skip Windows 8 Altogether

A new survey has been conducted that was composed of 1200 IT employees. What was it about? The survey asked about various company plans for Windows 8. Things like “who is upgrading, who isn’t”. The results? 23.3 percent plan to skip Windows 8 altogether.

As for the rest of the results, 49.9 percent has no current plans for a Windows 8 upgrade and 11 percent do plan to launch the new OS in their company but don’t have a specific time frame in mind. The survey says that 41.4 percent of those polled said that the organization was skipping out on the upgrade in large part of the new touch-based UI.

How bleak is this news? Well, Microsoft wants Windows 8 to go off with a bang for consumers and business users alike, but I think the Redmond giant understands that this is a battle that they have to fight slowly. Just because businesses aren’t that interested in Windows 8 yet doesn’t mean they won’t be as Windows 8 popularity grows.

Additionally, Microsoft likes to think long-term. If they don’t win these companies over with Windows 8, there is always Windows 9. Too many surveys out on the net are trying to paint a grim picture about the future of Windows 8. The new OS has just got here and the marketing campaign is just beginning…. it’s still a bit too early to call the OS a hit or a failure.

What do you think, will most businesses skip Windows 8 entirely? Instead will many businesses have Windows 8 devices intermingled into Windows 7 networks— which Microsoft actually suggests?

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  • http://peterjsouza.tumblr.com Peter Souza

    You may want to consider doing a second survey from a different perspective – asking the question of how many companies will introduce Windows 8 as part of their mobile / BYOD strategy. Will it displace devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets?

  • kgk

    Found windows 8 to be yak yak oriented and not serious operating system. Dumping for windows 7

  • DCJason

    I work for a US government agency and we are JUST about to upgrade to Win 7! (I know!) The upgrade from XP to Win 7 takes minutes to train and the hardware isn’t too painful budget-wise. But a move to Win 8 would require a huge amount of training PLUS require replacing ALL hardware with touch-screen ability. That is way too much of a gamble that is unproven in a business environment. But for personal home use, a touch screen laptop/monitor could be useful.

    But I agree with Peter that it would be interesting to see what the attitude is towards tablets in a business environment (we don’t support iPads but I bet the hardware guys may be more favorable towards a MS-based product).

    How about a survey of home users and whether they will consider upgrading from either their XP or Win 7 devices? I wonder how many businesses waited to upgrade to Win 7, Office 2007 or 2010 compared to people purchasing it first and began using it at home first?

    • Edward Holland

      You don’t have to have touch screens to use windows 8 (nor would that make much sense in an office environment). Maybe you should try it first / comment second?

      • DCJason

        Yes, I know touch screens aren’t required for Win 8. I am just reporting what some government decision makers are thinking/saying. Personally, I will be purchasing a Win 8 laptop and a Win8 Phone.

  • Robert Kegel

    The positive thing is that’s 25% that plan at some point to upgrade to Windows 8 which isn’t bad. Microsoft said themselves that they’re not pressuring businesses into upgrading to Windows 8. Also this doesn’t take into effect employees getting Windows 8 tablets or hybrid devices. Maybe a whole company won’t upgrade but scattered people within the company may get Windows 8 devices. That’s the problem with surveys they don’t take everything under consideration and people can read into them anyway they want.

  • Dan Dar3

    Since when “IT employees” make decisions about what goes and what not…

    Of course they have no plans now because the larger the company, the longer the upgrade plans. It just took them a long time to move to 2008 R2 and Windows 7, of course they have no plans now to move to 2012 / Windows 8.

    Usually the reason for upgrading to a new generation is servers, not desktops, so I think the focus on Windows 8 is missing the point.

    Also this has happened before over and over – the more it penetrates at home and IT people get more comfortable with it for personal use, they will accept it and will try it in corporate environments. Look at the amount of upgrade licenses they sold at a discount, I bet most of them are coming from somewhat technical people, probably a considerable percentage being IT engineers. I don’t see your usual home user just feeling the itch to jump to Windows 8, even with a very good price tag, especially in the first few days.

    Let’s talk about it a few hardware refresh cycles later. If they refresh the hardware regularly (2-3 years) eventually they will get new machines with Windows 8, if they extend the warranty they will keep W7 for longer, but if the’ll see W8 performs better on the same hardware, that could be another reason for upgrading – that can easily be done through HDD images or HDD replacements, you pop it in, activate and move on. There’s absolutely no reason to change the hardware itself, I’ve bought two W8 upgrades as soon as it came out, one for a 3 year old Dell laptop and one for a 4 year old desktop – they perform better than ever, had Windows 7 before.

    Training users? maybe that’ll be a reason for hold now, but imagine that the users train themselves when they buy their own laptops and tablets for home use.

    Last, MS doesn’t seem to be in any rush to push W8 to existing corporate customers – they will take it in their own time. I’ll make a prediction now, in 2-3 years, they’ll be thinking of Windows 7 as the “old” OS.

  • Molly Jones

    I think developing the start screen tiles declines the whole Windows 8 OS to a touch screen kind of interface that would cost any business or family more bucks to Upgrade. Using it over a PC is not a good idea. I work in a Bank and still my whole staff uses the same old stable Windows XP. We haven’t planned to even upgrade towards W7.

  • Rhonda Keys

    Yup! I agree with the saying its too early to judge whether its a Hit or a Flop. Let’s just wait for a month or so….I don’t think big companies would waste their time, money, efforts for training and much more for W8. I think it is more likely to be used by small business or family.