Originally Posted by Macky the Macky
Interesting. Perhaps there may some regional differences, but in the USA the interest in trying out the Win 9 pre-release OS is only 1/5 of the interest in Win 7 when it was in its pre-release period. This little factoid has been a reliable indicator of the possible adoption rate of a MS OS.
Many of the largest corporation are either staying with XP or are only now adopting Win 7. But, for the first time ever, some products like the Win 8 phones and faplets will not be backward compatible to earlier versions of MS OS. This means that regardless of whether end user buys MS branded hardware or some other brand, the user will be operating within a mixed OS house.
Now normally it would be easy to just pick Win 8 and go... but years and years have passed since Apple and then Android OEMs have been integrated into large company's IT efforts. These other choices have proven themselves with IT. A lot of eyes have been opened that were long closed, and MS may be shocked at what new attitudes their absence has awoken into being.
“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake...”
—Henry David Thoreau
Probably regional. Though I'm talking about our customers, so I cannot even say if that is standard for New Zealand or not. Nor do I know what's the situation over the ditch, in Australia... but here, our big clients have mostly adopted Windows 7. Most of them have proper VL agreements, company wide desktop platforms (Win 7, Office 2010, CALs...), ongoing Software Assurance. XP exists in SOHO setups mostly, and is being slowly updated with new equipment purchase.
Windows 8 desktop is not drawing much attention either... so far. We've given our staff access to our VL on voluntary base, just so that we have some people familiar with Win 8 when above mentioned SOHO customers start purchasing new machines with Windows 8 preinstalled. Our experience is good, as in "works as fine in domain as Win 7 does". There are potential benefits of improved security features etc., but it is too early to comment on everyday impact of such features.
However, interest for WP8 and RT/Pro tablets is above our expectations. I'd say dominant reason is expectation that mobile Office will be closer to desktop Office than what is available on Android/iOS. There is also general expectation among our customers' IT that WP8 and RT will be snappier/friendlier/feature richer/more manageable integrating with MS corporate services, namely SharePoint, CRM, Exchange, RDS. That remains to be seen in real life, thus also if interest will grow into actual purchases. But realistically, for yet unreleased product, MS cannot expect more than people being interested, and should be happy that people ARE interested.