Let's review the interview questions:
+ When we start talking about Windows in general, there is a perception that it can be hard to integrate with other platforms. Is that still the case and does version 8 change either the perception or the reality?
+ Among the companies you contact, how many of them are still running XP and what effect do you see the closing window for Windows XP support having on what they are doing?
+ When you go into a client and look at the major hurdles to the migration, in technology or process, what kinds of things do you find?
+ How much can you typically cut that portfolio size down?
+ Once youve got that piece, managing the size of the migration, whats the next obstacle?
+ When companies do make that migration over to the new version, whether it is from XP or otherwise, do you see that move being more prevalent among early adopters or does it reach further forward into the adoption lifecycle?
+ What are some of the areas where an enterprises own IT department is less suited to handle the migration?
+ How important is the timing of the new hybrid tablets to the Windows V8 rollout?
These questions aren't about what companies expect from W8. They could charitably be considered what companies can expect when they DEPLOY W8.
+ So most enterprise customers you meet with are already aware of the potential synergy of version 8 with the tablet hybrids?
+ Do customers have a good sense of general expectations, not necessarily around hybrids, but generally for what they can expect from version 8?
Okay, these two finally deal with the expectations mentioned in the article title. Two out of ten.
For the record, I expected W8 to be more flexible in the choice of interface based on the hardware platform it is running on. I also expected less of an initial learning curve for the average user. I use the past tense because those expectations were demolished with the second beta.
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