Microsoft offers advice to businesses for Windows 8 adoption

As Microsoft has reminded businesses, and the world at large, for the past year or so, its official support for Windows XP will finally end on April 8, 2014. Yet many large businesses have yet to upgrade their PCs from Windows XP to Windows 7. With the launch of Windows 8 less than a week away, Microsoft now has some advice for businesses looking to make the big push to upgrade their many Windows PCs.

In a new post on the official Windows Business blog, Microsoft states that for organizations that are currently in the middle of their transition from Windows XP to Windows 7, they should continue those efforts. It adds, "Taking advantage of the high compatibility between Windows 8 and Windows 7, we recommend customers identify employees and user groups that can benefit most from Windows 8’s capabilities and deploy Windows 8 for those people, alongside Windows 7."

For businesses that have yet to upgrade from Windows XP, or are in the early stages of their Windows XP-to-7 transition, Microsoft says, "For some, moving their full company to Windows 8 will be the best choice, and for others it may be migrating first to Windows 7. Still, for many, it will be deploying Windows 8 side-by-side with Windows7 for key scenarios, such as Windows 8 tablets for mobile users."

If a large business is now using Windows 7 full time, Microsoft says they should begin evaluating Windows 8 installations " ... for a side-by-side adoption with Windows 7 for key business scenarios." Finally, for users that still have Windows Vista, Microsoft recommends starting a transition to Windows 8, bypassing Windows 7.

Source: Windows Business blog | Image via Dell

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Ugh - I hate articles like that. It's just marketing fluff pretending to be something useful - the general gist is "If you're not planning to evaluate Windows 8, you should! It gives you more productivity, it's more reliable and it's more secure. Honest!"

Almost reminds me of the crap doing the rounds when Vista came out...

Q. Why should I buy Windows Vista?
A. Windows Vista brings clarity to your world!

ORLY?!

Interesting - Microsoft don't sound all that confident about Win8 for business!! ...they don't say upgrade to Win8 outright, but rather upgrade to Win7, or upgrade to Win7 with some Win8 devices!! If they were confident about Win8 for business, why not encourage businesses will on WinXP to upgrade straight to Win8? (i.e. bypass Win7) ....I think this post is very revealing on how Win8 is going to flop in the business sector!

No way to upgrade to Windows 8!
The IT guys of my company had tried it month ago. They all say "It sucks!!".
My company will not be a fool to pay money to kill productivity.

ray_bk said,
No way to upgrade to Windows 8!
The IT guys of my company had tried it month ago. They all say "It sucks!!".
My company will not be a fool to pay money to kill productivity.

I ended up dumping the software assurance contracts for all the PCs where I work, there is no reason to pay more to M$ for a turd that we have no intention on upgrading to. I did keep it on the server OS's but only for the improvements to Hyper-V, all of the virtual servers are staying put on 2008 R2.

To those who say they get more done on Windows 8, good for you but in the real world where IT budgets get cut and there is little to no money for re-training thousands of users on how to use the OS this kind of major change is just not worth it.

the420kid said,
i hope they are offering mental help because you would have to be out of your mind to adopt a new desktop OS so quickly.

Lot's of companies saw the potential of tablets and began adopting iOS into their work environment. Many may start to adopt Windows 8 tablets in their place.

the420kid said,
i hope they are offering mental help because you would have to be out of your mind to adopt a new desktop OS so quickly.
True, but companies are locking down IT budgets these days. So getting the most from your dollar today is important. If you're just starting to migrate to Win7, switching to Win8 might be attractive in that you have a longer support window for Win8 than Win7. Yes, Win7 will see extended support for companies and the like. But it will still come to end and it will come before the EOL for Win8.

The idea of switching to Win8 has been thrown around at my employer a few times. I personally question switching everything to Win8, but I would welcome a migration of all the tablets to Win8 along with making Win8 available to our developers.

the420kid said,
i hope they are offering mental help because you would have to be out of your mind to adopt a new desktop OS so quickly.

Its a tablet OS, not really intended for desktops or laptops.

TsarNikky said,

Its a tablet OS, not really intended for desktops or laptops.

What? Dam I better uninstall it from my laptop and desktop sharpish if that's true, dam shame as I was using them both perfectly fine and loved the new improvements - but like you say its not designed for that use so who am I to judge ey?

duddit2 said,

What? Dam I better uninstall it from my laptop and desktop sharpish if that's true, dam shame as I was using them both perfectly fine and loved the new improvements - but like you say its not designed for that use so who am I to judge ey?

OMG i best do the same!

I have Win 8 on my workstation and was just using Photoshop and Visual Studio literally 10 mins ago. And the new multi-monitor improvements were helping me work faster. And Storage Spaces was a big help for all my important work. But someone on the internetz just said Win 8 isn't good on desktops! So it must be true!

Doesnt really distill faith in W8. Find out what the main issues/problems are and offer solutions....guides...to resolve those issues.

techbeck said,
Doesnt really distill faith in W8. Find out what the main issues/problems are and offer solutions....guides...to resolve those issues.

Meh, I read the OP wrong. Long day....

FMH said,
Advice or sales pitch?

Definitely a sales pitch.
XP and VISTA to Windows-7. Definitely wait two or three years before migrating.