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Survey: IT Departments Not Buying Into Windows 8

By / May 21, 2013 (photo via Dell's Official Flickr Page)

IT departments don’t believe Windows 8 is an improvement or will save companies enough money to merit implementing it, according to a Forrester Research survey.

Windows 8 isn’t making any converts in information technology departments.

IT departments don’t see Microsoft’s new all-in-one operating system as an improvement, according to a Forrester Research survey.

The survey found that IT departments may skip Windows 8 altogether because they think that switching to the new operating system wouldn’t offer  enough savings in operations and that iOS is the preferred operating system for tablets. Forrester doesn’t predict Windows 8 making the leap to becoming the next standard, noting that “early enterprise interest in Windows 8 is half that of Windows 7 prior to its release.”

According to Fierce Enterprise Communications, IT is more focused on migrating workers’ computers to Windows 7 before Windows XP expires next April.

However, despite the low interest from IT, the Forrester survey found that 38 percent of employees would prefer to use Windows 8, compared with 35 percent who’d rather use Windows 7. Employee support for using the new operating system on work tablets isn’t that far behind Apple’s iOS: 20 percent would prefer Windows 8, while 26 percent prefer iOS.

Daniel Ford

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