Predictions. Can’t live without them, can’t live with them.
While it’s safe to say Microsoft had great expectations for an all-conquering launch of Windows 8, and expected the new OS to move millions upon millions of copies in the first couple of months, the reality of how things are going is quite the opposite.
Opposite, even with the fact that Microsoft ran its biggest advertising campaign, and is still advertising a very special $14.99 upgrade price for those coming from Windows 7 (and $39.99 for all other Windows installations), the software giant is disappointed with how sales are going.
Disappointed enough to be quiet – we haven’t heard a word after the initial 4 million units shipped.
Analysts for their part have been predicting demand to pick up sometimes in 2013 as far as the consumer market is concerned. All signs are pointing towards next year when the PC market takes a turn for the better.
But the enterprise market is another animal altogether.
Digitimes citing sources from the PC industry claims that Windows 8 will not make its mark on enterprises until 2014. Stability and necessity are the two major considerations for companies in their decision to upgrade.
And these are two things that will only come with time.
Microsoft, for its part is urging everyone running XP and Vista to make the move upstream, claiming that these two operating systems are not particularly secure working environments – at least not as secure as Windows 7 and 8.
Support for Windows XP is set to end in April 2014, which aligns quite nicely with the above prediction.
2013 could be the year of Windows 8 on the consumer front – 2014 is shaping up for the enterprise.