Windows 8 and its Dilemma
"If Windows 8 comes out in two years, I think that's likely to happen, that many [enterprises] will be very suspect about migrating to the next release." ---Michael Silver, analyst at Gartner
According to some analysts, with Microsoft’s Windows 8 coming in two years, enterprises that are now in the midst of migrating to Windows 7 are unlikely to do the same work by 2012. Michael Cherry, an analyst of Directions on Microsoft, said that talking up on Windows 8 now might slow the momentum for Windows 7.
Windows 7 already sold more than 240 million licenses, reaching a 17% usage share in just a year. But a three-year development cycle imposed by Microsoft can present problems to companies and consumers. Migration fatigue is one thing. Businesses are tired of shifting to fast-paced operating system upgrades, largely because not all applications may run on a new edition. Should Windows 8 be more of just a polishing release, Microsoft will have a hard time selling the upcoming OS to the enterprise.
Simply put, the company needs to be very careful not to stall Windows 7. This is a real dilemma that Microsoft is facing with Windows 8. Pushing the upcoming OS to a three-year development cycle, the company should be well into it by now. They have to lock down the Windows 8 features soon, in order to have ample time for development and testing.
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