Why you should move to Windows 7 not 8

Another article has been released (by CIO.com) recommending that organizations move to Windows 7 rather than wait for Windows 8. They make some interesting points around the viability of that release. Because of the huge changes in the interface, there are many implications to end users, support staff and application vendors. Gartner research has  backed up these claims and have labelled Windows 8 a “plumbing release”, like Windows 2000 or Vista, with the suggestion that enterprises should wait until the following OS is released. Application vendors will need to figure out how to best deploy their applications on Windows 8 and some compatibility issues will not have been completely worked out for some time. In the case of Vista, many software vendors decided to drop support for that OS, leaving some users high and dry.

 At least half of all organizations either have, or are in the process of moving to Windows 7. This huge adoption ensures that most vendors will be supporting their software on that platform. Further, the tools, and expertise needed to move to Windows 7 has been tested and proven. The same can’t be said for Windows 8, and this may leave organizations paying large amounts of money to Microsoft for extended support on XP while they wait vendors to release compatible software for Windows 8.

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  • I put 4 of my most active users on windows 8 and have not seen any compatibility issues yet other than a few websites which don’t run correctly under IE10. Has anyone else found any? - mperrigon 9 years ago
  • We are currently testing Windows 8 in IT for now. At this point I cannot recommend it to our users because it is such a fundamental change from Windows 7. My users would be lost and it would a nightmare for our IT staff to train our users. - Tomsquatch 10 years ago
  • It is a big change but worth it. I have an old Optiplex that I installed it on and the system is much faster with Windows 8 than Windows 7. I also put Win8 on my 4 year old laptop and experienced the same performance boost. My wife (non-techie) was able to learn the new interface pretty quickly. - Timi 10 years ago
  • Microsoft really failed on windows 8 like they did at ME and Vista. They are trying to force the pc world to tablets. What they fail to realize is that there will always be some form of desktops and while tablet use is growing desktops are not going anywhere. Businesses depend on functionality tablets will never provide. I think the tablets are a fad that will eventually fall back. - ohiosoundguy 10 years ago
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