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Only 33% of businesses will upgrade to Windows 8, according to survey


Not liking Windows 8? You aren’t the only one [2]. And it seems individual consumers aren’t the only ones unhappy with Windows 8 [3]. According to  the Wall Street Journal, a survey by Forrester Research shows that only 33% of businesses plan on upgrading to Windows 8, either soon or in the more distant future. Compare that to the 66% that said they would upgrade to Windows 7 when the same question was asked in 2009.

Of the remaining 67%, 10% said they will not upgrade to Windows 8 at all while 47% said they have not really thought about it. Back in 2009, only 1% said they would skip Windows 7 while 27% said they don’t know.

I don’t have access to get past Wall Street Journal’s paywall; as such, I don’t know the exact details of the survey, aside from the results, so it isn’t entirely clear what type of businesses were surveyed by Forrester (e.g. small, medium, large, public, non-public, industry, etc.) However, when Windows 8 is getting roughly half the response from businesses as Windows 7, it says something.

What exactly does it say? One, or both, of the following:

I’m going to venture out and say the second reason is probably the more important one. You see businesses go through upgrade cycles. For example, lots of business went Windows 95 -> XP -> Win7, skipping over Windows 98, 2000/ME, and Vista. Windows 8 is coming after a much-loved, and much-upgraded-to, operating system. Even if Windows 8 wasn’t drastically different then other Windows, it probably still wouldn’t be adopted by very many businesses simply because so many businesses recently upgraded to Windows 7. The fact that 47% of businesses haven’t even thought about upgrading to Windows 8, while only 27% were in the same position for Windows 7, reinforces this point.

That being said, it is obvious that Windows 8 has some very anti-business, anti-productivity aspects to it. So businesses who’s upgrade cycles do coincide with the release of Windows 8 may decide to ditch it because of its pro-touch focus.

What the case may be, it is clear that more and more people are resisting change. Microsoft [4], what will you do now?

[via The Verge [5], WSJ [6] | image via comedy_nose [7]]