Seems like it was just yesterday that you were deciding on Windows 7. Now comes Windows 8. Time for an upgrade?
Well, if you’re waiting to hear what the techies think, it isn’t good. A majority of IT pros (884 out of 1,888 to be exact) surveyed in a recent Tech Republic report say that they have no plans to upgrade.
The overarching problem is that Windows 8 is designed to run on both desktops and tablets, which means that few IT pros see any reason to bring the new version of windows to a desktop setting if previous versions, like Windows XP, work just fine.
Not everyone is against 8
Though some professionals see Windows 8’s optimization for tablets as a superfluous aspect of the new version, some IT pros see it, and other aspects, as a benefit:
- Can help BYOD. If employees are bringing Windows tablets to work, they’ll work hand-in-hand with Windows 8 in a desktop setting. It’d be the same idea as using an iPad in a Mac-based office.
- Support is running out. Support for older versions of Windows, like Windows XP, will be expiring soon. XP will expire in 2014 and Windows 7 in 2015. An upgrade may be your only option if your IT staff regularly relies on support from Microsoft.
Do you plan to upgrade to Windows 8? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below.