Implement Windows 7 migration or wait for Windows 8?
It’s decision time for enterprises using Windows XP
The retail edition of Windows 8 is scheduled to be released by Microsoft in October/November this year. Computer users are enthusiastic about the new Metro design of Windows 8. But are enterprises and the IT departments of companies excited about Windows 8? And will businesses skip their Windows 7 migration plans and directly move to Windows 8? Let’s find out how Windows 8 is going to impact the adoption of Windows 7 by companies.
Enterprises are going ahead with their Windows 7 migration plans
Most businesses that were still using Windows XP have already started their Windows 7 migration plans. One of the reasons for this is that Microsoft’s official support for Windows XP ends on April 8, 2014. If they wait for the launch of Windows 8 and move directly to the new OS, it will take some months to test their programs on Windows 8. After this, it would take a couple of months to deploy Windows 8. What this implies is that they would be close to the expiry of the official support for Windows XP, with their systems still running Windows XP. Enterprises can’t afford to take the security risk of using an unsupported OS like Windows XP. That’s why, they will upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7.
IT departments of businesses are unfamiliar with Windows 8
On the one hand, Windows 8 is still unknown to the IT people and it will take them some time to fully understand its features. On the other hand, Windows 7 is similar to the earlier versions of the operating system – Windows XP and Windows Vista. What’s different is that Windows 7 has many more advanced features and is quite efficient when it comes to performance. So, enterprises will likely go ahead will Windows 7 migration rather than wait for Windows 8.
Windows 7 versus Windows 8: Application compatibility
Windows 8 has an all-new user interface, that is, the Metro, and the Windows Aero theme has been dropped. Application compatibility with the new design is a major concern among the IT professionals. The applications will first have to be tested on Windows 8. If they don’t function properly, they will have to be modified to run on Windows 8. But this is not the case with Windows 7 as most old programs are compatible with the OS. Moreover, Windows 7 has Windows XP mode to run programs that were made for Windows XP.
Interface of Windows 7 is more suitable for PCs than Windows 8
Windows 8 is basically designed for touch screen devices such as tablets. People who like to use the mouse might find it a little difficult to work on Windows 8. The IT infrastructure of corporations mostly comprises of desktops and laptops. So, companies will upgrade to Windows 7 rather than buy tablets specifically to use Windows 8.
These are some of the reasons because of which businesses will go ahead with their Windows 7 migrations plans and not upgrade to Windows 8.