Lenovo ditches Windows 8 for 7 for the enterprise

Lenovo is one of the stable powerhouses in the PC market, catering well for both enterprise customers and consumers. Just how well are they catering for the enterprise? Well as it turns out, rather than subjecting customers to the difficulty of learning a new operating system (Windows 8, that is), Lenovo is shipping Windows 7 on new enterprise-designated orders as they recognize the official Windows 8-to-7 downgrade can be tricky.

There's nothing better than trusty old Windows 7, according to Lenovo

If you do happen to want Windows 8 on your enterprise machine, you'll have to install it through the discreetly bundled Windows 8 disc, which even includes software that brings back the Start menu if you so choose to install it. Lenovo's strategy seems to be doing quite well so far, as they continue to report growth each quarter, although it's not a good sign for the uptake of Windows 8.

That said, Lenovo's choice to downgrade machines to Windows 7 by default is probably saving businesses a large amount of time, as many companies would be unwilling to deploy a new operating system this early into its life cycle, and would simply downgrade to Windows 7 anyway. UK Lenovo boss did mention to The Register that enterprises were "interested in testing Windows 8-powered touchscreen devices in-house", but wouldn't elaborate on the ratio of Windows 7 to Windows 8 device shipments.

Source: The Register | Thanks for the tip, Mikee4fun!

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