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Ready to deploy Windows 7 to 2000 PCs will skip Win8

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    Ready to deploy Windows 7 to 2000 PCs will skip Win8


    As an engineer getting ready to deploy Windows 7 to our corporate PCs, I've sampled Win8 Consumer Preview. My boss and I are scratching our heads. We have Windows software assurance program which means that we are licensed for whatever the latest Enterprise version Windows OS so cost is not an issue.

    I really like Windows 7 in terms of ease of deployment, granular configuration, security features, and performance. Windows 8 seems to have everything Win7 has to offer except usability. It will be an incredible tough sell to get Win8 in it's current form deployed at our firm.

    XP has actually lasted almost 9 years here as the corporate standard OS and really there's not that many critical reasons for businesses to go to Win7 either so I believe Win7 may be here to stay for another 5-6 years atleast which will outlast Win8's existence.

    I don't think our company is unique, I believe many mid to large size firms are also either still deploying Win7 or already on Win7 and don't see a need to rush over to Win8 yet.

    Win8 will probably take a back seat at businesses until something truly big happens and companies need Win8 for its tablet features or else.

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    Hello and welcome to the forums.

    Wise thinking as I can see no flaws in it at all.

    I feel slightly like a spammer as I generally don't like doing this kind of thing, but if you and your boss need a solid set of skills on all of the Windows platforms, please take the opportunity to review my account and posts. Feel free to p.m. me at any time if there is any interest.

    But very true, Windows 8 offers Enterprise little to no advantage over 7, save perhaps the To Go feature. If anything, 8 will create problems for workers as WinRT and Metro interface will be new to them.
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    Agreed. Windows 7 is designed to be the Windows that we all know refined to perfection (or as near as Microsoft can manage), while Windows 8 is supposed to a radical change to survive in a changing market where tablets become king. I believe that Microsoft intends Metro to be the the future, but Windows 7 will be around in full force for nearly a decade.
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    The government organization where I work is primarily a Windows 7 shop, and we're playing catch-up with Windows 7 installs. Unfortunately, we still have legacy hardware that requires different service packs of Windows XP! Like the OP, I don't see Windows 8 being adopted whole-sale by the enterprise. I do see Windows Server 2012, along with System Center 2012 being adopted, though. We're already starting to test System Center 2012, and I'm pretty excited with some of the new features.

    Now, I do see some things that Windows 8 can offer the enterprise, and not just Windows to Go. First, there is Client Hyper-V. If an enterprise does not have (or does not want to continue) licensing agreements with VMWare, having Client Hyper-V will be a great asset to any development or testing team. Also, if policy management remains as granular as it is, or becomes more granular, it should be possible to provide a Metro-less experience that can take advantage of the improved kernel.
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    I'd imagine you could just roll out Windows 8 to the teems that actually need it's exclusive features.
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    You wouldn't want a mixed environment if it could be avoided.
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    The problem with getting Win8 into business is there needs to be Apps that take advantage of it. We probably won't see next ver of MS Office until next year and not that many businesses have adopted MS Office 2010 yet as Office 2007 is still relatively new for many secretaries that recently converted all of their templates to the new format. I can't see any of our users migrate from keyboard + mouse to touchscreens to get work done around the office.
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    Thanks for telling us about Win8 discussions going on in the corporate world. rep bump and welcome!
    From a strictly USER point of view, Win7 will be accepted much more readily from folks used to Win XP. Win8 is a jump that will be fine for some but will require some serious hand holding for most others. 25 years at HP, I saw a LOT of operating system roll-outs and my, my, my, the bitching that came with ALL of them, mostly from the non techies and those damn salesmen!
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    Hello.

    I would like to add this...
    8 has not been released yet...right...
    still in beta...right...
    ok...
    8 might not be ready to deploy to thousands of businesses for a year or more until after service pack 1...
    perhaps in 2014...

    ok...
    and the controversy settles...

    you would not want to spend tons of dough on untested beta software...
    ok
    Last edited by mdmd; 09 May 2012 at 22:06.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    Hello.

    I would like to add this...
    8 has not been released yet...right...
    still in beta...right...
    ok...
    8 might not be ready to deploy to thousands of businesses for a year or more until after service pack 1...
    perhaps in 2014...

    ok...
    and the controversy settles...

    you would not want to spend tons of dough on untested beta software...
    ok
    I can tell you from experience that Windows 7 was out of box ready for business yet most businesses stayed with XP, there was no business incentive to migrate to Windows 7. It look about 3 years for most businesses to make a case with upgrading because Microsoft chose to end support.

    The security issues with XP is irrelevant since majority of businesses have hardware and local desktop firewall that can block almost all not approved apps from running. The only reason businesses upgraded to Windows 7 because it became clear that many apps such as Office 2007 and Internet Explorer runs better with more memory and you need 64bit in order to use more than 3GB of memory.

    Many companies just finished their Win7 deployments right now it will take another 3-5+ years for those that recently upgraded to even think about upgrading again.
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