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Poll Results: Mass-adoption of Windows 8.x by businesses is a coin flip

TechRepublic members are evenly split on the question of whether Windows 8 is inevitable or not.

On June 13, 2013, I published a poll question in the Windows and Office Blog:

Is the mass-adoption of Windows 8.x by businesses inevitable?

My argument that Windows 8.x was inevitably going to be the standard operating system of businesses - the only variable was time. But after reading the debate that followed in the poll's discussion forum, I realized I was not clear about one point.

At some point it is very possible that Microsoft will change the name of their operating system, especially if Windows 8 becomes too much of a liability in the marketplace. So, while the name may change, business will still essentially be using Windows 8.

It is a minor point, but may respondents used the way Microsoft dropped Vista for Windows 7 as an example of how Windows 8 was not inevitable. I would contend, however, that Windows 7 is just a revised version of Vista, so in a sense Windows Vista was not a failure from the system perspective but from a marketing perspective.

Results

With that being said, the poll results show an evenly divided TechRepublic membership when it comes to the widespread adoption of Windows 8. Interestingly, the secondary poll (At a personal level, do you like Windows 8) reveals that many TechRepublic members dislike Windows 8 in its current incarnation. The next question to consider will be whether Windows 8.1 will change any minds in this regard.

The results of the secondary poll show that Microsoft has some work to do selling the concept of Windows 8 to IT professionals. What feature do you dislike about Windows 8 the most?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

10 comments
CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I was copying files between folders yesterday. I selected a file, right-clicked it, and selected 'Copy'. I selected a folder , right-clicked it, and selected 'Paste'. A box popped up saying the file already existed in the destination, and asked what I wanted to do. When I clicked 'Skip this File', a progress bar appeared in the box! The box title changed to 'Copying file', and the progress bar measured the percent copied! The file itself was NOT copied, the original in the folder was NOT overwritten, but the box scared the stuff out of me until I verified it was in error. I've been able to repeat this regularly. This adds to another annoying behavior of the same file transfer progress box. Often it will report '100% complete' but will not close. Attempting to close it with the 'X' gets a warning, "Do you want to terminate all file transfers?" Regardless of whether you answer Yes or No, the box doesn't go away. It takes closing Explorer or starting a new transfer to make it go away. I can't always repeat this one, so I don't know what's triggering it. I'm running 64-bit, if anyone thinks that makes any difference. I'll see if 8.1 fixes this and the annoyances I've agreed with above. If not, it's back to 7. Two months of this is enough.

Datacommguy
Datacommguy

Well... using that argument, W8 is simply another 'upgrade' from Windows 286. There have been major changes to the basic structure in what's been called "Windows" all along, and what we might end up with in another 5 or 10 years may have very little in common with the Windows we know now. So the argument that we'll all end up with W8 (or something very similar) is certainly not inevitable. And probably not even likely.

deadlord42
deadlord42

Print this, and reference it in 5 years: Windows 7 will follow in XP's footsteps in that people will be using it until it literally falls apart. They won't go to Win 8; it certainly wasn't designed with businesses in mind, it was oriented toward touchscreen and tablet users. It was a fail from inception and someone should get fired for giving it the go-ahead.

sasadler
sasadler

The removal of the Start Menu on the desktop side. I can't do real work on the metro side so I work on the desktop side. Give me the Start Menu back, not some button that just takes me to the metro Start Screen. I got around the issue via StartIsBack.

cybershooters
cybershooters

I'd say it's a multiple tie: Too hard to use with a mouse, I don't think the changes in 8.1 overcome that although they are an improvement - I end up having to plaster the desktop with shortcuts to things like Run and the command prompt; Too much dependency on the Windows Store for getting applications and the requirement for a Microsoft account; Deployment of the packaged apps is harder because they've tied them into a Microsoft account so it makes it harder to deploy them across multiple user profiles (which is annoying because the whole idea was that the technology made deployment easier); Excessive amounts of security - you're compelled to use the UAC with packaged apps to some extent and it does a malware check on file transfers, etc., even if you are on a network that has plenty of other security measures in place, Microsoft basically forces you to use their security measures even if you have a third-party option; Power settings are too hard to find - there always some users who are super keen to have the latest thing because they buy into the marketing blurb, so what I've done is to put them in front of a Window 8 machine, in desktop mode (they watch me log in, so they're aware there is a start screen) and ask them to find the power icon and shut down the computer. So far only two people managed to do it, and the fastest time was 12 minutes; Hyper-V is too complex - a lot of people will use it, for example to create a VM of their old XP machine, but they seem to have just ported over various bits from the server product and it's a bit too much for a regular user to grasp, you still have to use powershell commands and the network setup is pretty intimidating; Lack of the old Windows 2000 color scheme - makes running some legacy apps tricky. Having said all that it does include some serious improvements, like the new version of CHKDSK and Task Manager. I'm not quite as averse to Server 2012 as I am to WIndows 8.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

What feature do you dislike about Windows 8 the most?

Slayer_
Slayer_

I hate hot spots, they are by their very nature, unintuitive. You have to know they are there, to use them. They also just always get in the way, and the serve no purpose other than to remove our ability to customize. I also hate that scroll bars are hidden unless you hover your mouse over the box first. We used to describe computer training like flight training. You can't stick a user in the cockpit of a 747 and expect them to know what everything does. But Windows 8 stretches that now, now they have to know that half the buttons in the 747 are invisible.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

I think the hidden aspects of the Start Screen have been the primary cause of the animosity toward Windows 8. As a technical guy, I can figure it out with trial and error or just jump the the desktop, but that is not something everyone is able or willing to do.

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