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As I've said here regarding other misleading, unscientific-as-hell, so-called "surveys", you can make up any numbers you want. The reality is this: it's far, far too early to tell what will happen with Win8. History should be studied for a good reason kids. You'll find that shortly after every major release of an MS OS, there have been a flurry of "75% of organizations will NOT make the upgrade" articles. What a bunch of hogwash. Timing is everything. And I distinctly remember predictions around the early to mid-90s that the PC had NO place in a business setting and would "ultimately fail". Shame on TechRepublic for trying to yank so many gullible chains.
on all my main computers. One older one is waiting for when I have time to upgrade it. At work, web development, I'm on Windows 8 with Visual Studio 2012. It works great and the underlying changes have made serious improvements well worth the upgrade. As far as the Start Screen/Menu, it isn't a problem. I did add Gadgets back, so I can have clocks on the desktop, since only one taskbar has the clock on it. I do wish I could run 2 (or more) metro apps on 2 monitors at the same time. Once they have that, then we have everything we need.
I am now a home user with a very elderly PC running Win XP. It has several programs which I use frequently but will not run on Win 7 or 8. The upgrades for Win 7 are like so many nowadays with changes for the worse just to make them different to sell as new ideas. I find the upgrades unusable and want to find the best way to buy a version of Win 8 on a new PC which will allow me to transfer and run Win XP with the programs I need.
It's hardly a tablet OS. Don't get me wrong, it was built with tablets in mind, but its a great desktop OS. I know most corporations skip every other release, but the speed of Win 8 Pro is remarkable. Even on older hardware. And its compatible with just about everything Win 7 can run. Those who haven't tried it need to. I'm writing this in IE 10 now, and loving it!
Windows 7 is still replacing Windows XP; why make those that have just learned Windows 7 learn what appears to be a tablet OS? Our enterprise really likes what Microsoft has done with Windows 7. You're right about those who will deploy it- home and less experienced users who buy new computers. I think Win 8 will have to do something spectacular to make users want to upgrade their desktops.
I guess almost all the people who will 'deploy' Win 8 are the less technical home users who get it pre-installed on a new PC. A few home users will upgrade from an earlier OS. I imagine that if other business's Proof of Concept testing went anything like ours did, very very few businesses will consider an 'upgrade' to Win 8 due to the enormous productivy loss, extensive retraining requirements, increased helpdesk calls and application redevelopment costs.