Looks like most enterprises are skipping Windows 8. What about Windows 8.1? Will you do it?

I think it's fair to say that most enterprises are skipping Windows 8, as most have just gone (or are still going) to Windows 7 from Windows XP. But I wonder: Now that we know more about the features of Windows 8.

I think it's fair to say that most enterprises are skipping Windows 8, as most have just gone (or are still going) to Windows 7 from Windows XP. But I wonder: Now that we know more about the features of Windows 8.1, do you plan on moving from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1? Why or why not?

Of course going from Windows 8.1 from Windows 7 or Windows 8 shouldn't be that big of a deal—certainly not like redesigning everything from scratch to get from Windows XP to 7. But with Windows 7 support lasting through 2020, is Windows 8.1 even on your radar, or will you just wait for Windows 9 or 10 or whatever's next?

I'm curious about thoughts in general on this, so I've created a super-simple, 4-question survey that you can take in about 15 seconds, asking:

  • What region of the world are you in?
  • How many users are at your company?
  • What primary version of Windows do you use now?
  • Are you planning on moving to Windows 8.1?

Take the survey here: [UPDATE: The survey is now closed. Check out the results.]

Windows 8 1 Survey

I'm also curious to hear more in the comments about why you will or will not go to Windows 8.1. It looks like Microsoft put a lot in there for enterprises (including the Start Button), but I wonder if that really matters? Or are we all just so fatigued after getting to Windows 7 that we'll ride it out as long as we can?

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Classic Shell FTW. MS should just hire its developers and be over and done with the whole fiasco. It will save the future of Windows.


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We're doing some limited stuff with Windows 8, mostly either in IT or with folks who wanted to try some of the new tablet options.  It's a decent OS, but we only got everyone onto Windows 7 a month ago (and that took some political willpower).  There's a decent chance that Windows 8.1 will be the next step, but the weight of the Windows ecosystem actually holds us back at this point.  We've got so many applications to validate and a lot of users that are resistant to any type of change that upgrades of any sort are like pulling teeth from a herd of cats.  By the same token, it means that Microsoft has less to fear than they think because in our dealings with Apple regarding a corporate deployment of iPhones really soured our CIO on them as a vendor.  We wanted to maintain 1 corporate apple ID to help control the phones, but they made us hire temps to painstakingly create 2500 (1 per iPhone) and a whole bunch of other hoops to jump through. Honestly, it's like they didn't want the business, and our Field Ops team hates Apple with a passion now.  


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I'll admit upfront to being the oddball here.


I actually don't have a problem with 8.0.  So while I normally jump all over an MS OS beta, this one doesn't have the kinds of things that make we want to install it.  I'll probably take it once released, but to me its no big deal.


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Just not excited about this version.  It’s not compelling and frankly, I’m tired of vendors taking the approach of "we know what you want"  


Frankly, windows, more than any similar product is used to drive revenue in organizations on a daily basis.  Any change, ie ribbon bar in Office or now W8, is highly disruptive as users have to adjust to the interfaces.


Depending on the user, it can be a week to a year before they are "as proficient and productive" as they were prior to the upgrade.


When introducing these changes, they need to allow for use of the "classic" interface.  This way MS wins and the consumer wins.  MS wins in that users embrace the latest version of windows.......consumers win as they still have their preferred interface AND have access to the latest features of the new windows environment and can move to the new interface when ready to do so.


Our organization just moved to Windows 7, we are not going to Windows 8.x anytime soon.  The “adjustment” curve for our users is too steep and there is NO compelling reason to do so……at this time.


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I can justify upgrading. However if Microsoft pulled their heads out of their a$$ and allowed Windows 8 cals to be consumed from Azure they would have a lot of enterprise interest.


Until then, with their non EA included, Azure is for RDS only POV, they can go F THEMSELVES.


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If Microsoft cared, they would enable VDI with this and also allow it in Azure.


Until then no need and with RDS in Azure only and not included in EA they can go F themselves.


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