Microsoft touting Windows 8 as 'Windows 7, only better', for businesses

While many are quickly writing off Windows 8 for the corporate environment, putting the horse before the carriage if you ask us, Microsoft has just released a handy guide that outlines why corporations should seriously consider moving to Windows 8.

Naturally, Microsoft is pushing enhanced end-to-end security, a fantastic tablet experience, manageability and virtualization advancements, and new possibilities for mobile productivity. The link below has the document (PDF) and it comes it at 15 pages.

The document is full of Microsoft marketing propaganda but one interesting line that Microsoft has been pushing, and we heard this in the keynote yesterday, is that Windows 8 is "Windows 7, only better". It has been widely conjectured that Windows 7 will be the next Windows XP, meaning that it will be around for at least a decade, as it is considered to be rock solid in terms of performance and stability. 

While sales will determine if businesses are ready to make a switch to Microsoft's dramatically different OS, there is no doubt that Windows 8 is a new approach to the OS and represents Microsoft new-found willingness to be bold and push boundaries. 

Download: Windows 8 Release Preview Product Guide for Business

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Astra.Xtreme said,
Why a business would use Windows 8 is beyond me.

Smart ones won't. XP and Windows-7 are working just fine. They have better things to do than trash perfectly good hardware and invoke a huge and needless re-training expense. Remember, times are tough, business just don't have money to throw away at needless expenses.

TsarNikky said,

Smart ones won't. XP and Windows-7 are working just fine. They have better things to do than trash perfectly good hardware and invoke a huge and needless re-training expense. Remember, times are tough, business just don't have money to throw away at needless expenses.

Businesses still running XP are going to be spending the money regardless in a few short months to upgrade. Some might just hop onto Windows 8. The business case is there for many.

Edited by Dot Matrix, Jun 13 2012, 4:16pm :

Windows 8, it's windows 7 with some core enhancements which make the desktop better... but oh btw we threw this flat UI overtop of everything, and moved half the functionality to a tablet like overlay that might cause training problems for corporations and confused the heck out of the older workers

soso, Microsoft touting Windows 8 is better than Windows 7... I'm shocked!
I think the opinions are clear and if the tablet boom not a boom like desired Windows 8 will be the next fail. Maybe the biggest fail in the Windows history.

MS show us! Using traditional office configured laptops and desktops, i.e., non touch-screen monitors, full-sized keyboards, and a mouse, along with a typical set of office applications (both MS, non-MS, and proprietary) being used how Windows-8 is so much better than Windows-7. So far, all the hoopla and foldorol has been oriented to smartphones and tablets with touch screens.

TsarNikky said,
MS show us! Using traditional office configured laptops and desktops, i.e., non touch-screen monitors, full-sized keyboards, and a mouse, along with a typical set of office applications (both MS, non-MS, and proprietary) being used how Windows-8 is so much better than Windows-7. So far, all the hoopla and foldorol has been oriented to smartphones and tablets with touch screens.

they'd probably say something like applications where "customized" for windows 8 or something... meaning rewrote because they weren't as productive as they could of been

neufuse said,

they'd probably say something like applications where "customized" for windows 8 or something... meaning rewrote because they weren't as productive as they could of been


And the significant kernel improvements - speed and security.

NightCrawlerInfinity said,
I laughed. Business in general will not adapt to this. They will skip it and stick with Windows 7. There is no compelling reason to have Windows 8.

Very well said.

'Windows 7, only better'. You just need to rewrite everything in WinRT and avoid using windowed applictions. Yes, and explain users why the Start menu is now full-screen.

lexp said,
'Windows 7, only better'. You just need to rewrite everything in WinRT and avoid using windowed applictions. Yes, and explain users why the Start menu is now full-screen.

Why would they need to rewrite anything in WinRT and avoid windowed applications? Do you say bull**** like that for fun or you really beleive it?

PmRd said,

Why would they need to rewrite anything in WinRT and avoid windowed applications? Do you say bull**** like that for fun or you really beleive it?

That's because Win32 and Windows.Forms got almost ZERO enhancement in Windows 8, it's clear hint by MS they're not going to invest a lot into these technologies and later they'll force into WinRT.

So I read the document, and I'm not really convinced. Most organisations not already on Windows 7 are planning to move to Windows 7, and I seriously doubt that any IT administrator will be dumb enough to roll out a new desktop environment without it being proven in the wider world first*.

The majority of the document describes features that are either only incremental improvements over existing Windows 7 features (e.g. IE10, integrated powershell, VHDX) or features that will require a large-scale infrastructure change (e.g. DirectAccess, BrancheCache).

There are a couple of nice features (cross form-factor consistency, UEFI), but I wouldn't say they were compelling reasons to move over on their own.

*Note that this comment wasn't an anti-metro snipe, simply a reflection of how businesses will weigh up the cost/benefit of moving to a new desktop environment.

I've had a play with Windows 8 on a non-touch enabled laptop, the very first thing that jumps out at me is that W8 is designed for a touch screen.

Without, it is very awkward to use. Having to move the mouse to extreme edges of the screen is painful.

I think MS need to remember that most businesses are not going to replace a desktop and laptop fleet with touch enabled devices. I suspect for a business, W8 will go the same way as Vista, it will be skipped and Windows 7 will remain as the business O/S of choice.

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