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Will you be upgrading to Windows 8?

Survey period: 22 Oct 2012 to 29 Oct 2012

Windows 8 is officially released this week. Will you move on up?

OptionVotes% 
I already use Windows 8 as my primary OS26412.12
I have Windows 8 on one of my machines23910.97
I plan on upgrading to Windows 8 as my primary OS23110.60
I plan on installing Windows 8 on a machine36116.57
I'm not sure29313.45
I don't think so25911.89
No - I have no plans to use Windows 853224.41



 
GeneralYes Pin
Ali Javani10-Apr-13 22:22
Ali Javani10-Apr-13 22:22 
GeneralStatistic! Pin
Thornik29-Oct-12 9:19
Thornik29-Oct-12 9:19 
GeneralSurface convinced me to switch all of my PCs to WIndows 8 Pin
Wes Grant27-Oct-12 3:47
Wes Grant27-Oct-12 3:47 
GeneralWin 8... Pin
Kevin Marois26-Oct-12 14:29
professionalKevin Marois26-Oct-12 14:29 
GeneralME, Bob, Windows 8 Pin
  Forogar  26-Oct-12 7:01
professional  Forogar  26-Oct-12 7:01 
GeneralWindows 9 Pin
NormDroid25-Oct-12 2:06
professionalNormDroid25-Oct-12 2:06 
GeneralRe: Windows 9 Pin
Vasudevan Deepak Kumar25-Oct-12 2:12
Vasudevan Deepak Kumar25-Oct-12 2:12 
GeneralRe: Windows 9 PinPopular
NormDroid25-Oct-12 2:55
professionalNormDroid25-Oct-12 2:55 
GeneralRe: Windows 9 Pin
OriginalGriff28-Oct-12 6:17
mveOriginalGriff28-Oct-12 6:17 
GeneralHope this is the last version of Windows! Pin
Vasudevan Deepak Kumar24-Oct-12 6:01
Vasudevan Deepak Kumar24-Oct-12 6:01 
GeneralRe: Hope this is the last version of Windows! Pin
NormDroid25-Oct-12 2:56
professionalNormDroid25-Oct-12 2:56 
GeneralWindows OS are like Star Trek Movies Pin
quinton196923-Oct-12 7:50
quinton196923-Oct-12 7:50 
GeneralTechnology need changes and Darwin said the same Pin
Kunal Chowdhury «IN»23-Oct-12 7:39
professionalKunal Chowdhury «IN»23-Oct-12 7:39 
GeneralA little from column D, a little from Column C Pin
Dan Neely23-Oct-12 6:26
Dan Neely23-Oct-12 6:26 
Generalsuggest for university project Pin
hasani200723-Oct-12 2:04
hasani200723-Oct-12 2:04 
GeneralRe: suggest for university project PinPopular
Vasudevan Deepak Kumar23-Oct-12 7:34
Vasudevan Deepak Kumar23-Oct-12 7:34 
GeneralRe: suggest for university project PinPopular
Sander Rossel24-Oct-12 6:05
professionalSander Rossel24-Oct-12 6:05 
GeneralWaiting service pack Pin
Paolo Botti23-Oct-12 0:13
professionalPaolo Botti23-Oct-12 0:13 
GeneralRe: Waiting service pack Pin
Dan Neely23-Oct-12 6:31
Dan Neely23-Oct-12 6:31 
GeneralRe: Waiting service pack Pin
Paolo Botti27-Oct-12 7:02
professionalPaolo Botti27-Oct-12 7:02 
GeneralPeople are typically reluctant to changes Pin
Pasan Eeriyagama22-Oct-12 20:59
Pasan Eeriyagama22-Oct-12 20:59 
GeneralI used to think that Windows 8 is a bad thing Pin
hinst22-Oct-12 11:25
hinst22-Oct-12 11:25 
GeneralRe: I used to think that Windows 8 is a bad thing Pin
bitterskittles23-Oct-12 2:31
bitterskittles23-Oct-12 2:31 
GeneralRe: I used to think that Windows 8 is a bad thing Pin
  Forogar  26-Oct-12 7:02
professional  Forogar  26-Oct-12 7:02 
GeneralI'm being optimistic - I'm moving to Win8 PinPopular
Tim Corey22-Oct-12 9:49
professionalTim Corey22-Oct-12 9:49 
I like Win7 a lot. However, there are things that are lacking in it that I feel Windows 8 attempts to correct. The biggest one is the idea of ecosystem. Apple kills Microsoft when it comes to ecosystem in the consumer space. An iPad can use iPhone games, both can send video to an Apple TV, the Airport and Time Capsule set up very easily, and everything plays very nicely together. There are no third-party tools or special skills needed to get it to all work together. This is where Windows falls down. Windows 8 is the start of trying to rectify that. The Windows 8 Phone, the Slate, the Windows 8 desktop/laptop, and the XBox 360 all intend to play nicely together. That may be a game changer. The reason why I love it when my friends and relatives get Apple is because I know I will have a lot less support calls from them. I am actually a Microsoft fanboy in most ways (their business ecosystem is unparalleled) but the number of calls I get about Apple machines and setups isn't even worth talking about (one in the last year and that was because of a bad hard drive - I've gotten countless requests from people who have Windows). The kicker is that probably half my friends and relatives now have Apple products (your experience may vary depending on area, cost of living, etc.) Obviously this is anecdotal but it is disturbing to me as a fan of Microsoft. I see Windows 8 as a step towards correcting this problem.

The change in the interface to make it tablet-friendly will take some getting used to. However, I think it is a wise move. There are two ways to handle changes in the market - lead with new ideas that push boundaries or stay with what you know to work and watch as others take away your market share. Microsoft is choosing to (somewhat) lead. In reality they are catching up but they are leaping further in order to get ahead. The days of the desktop machine are dwindling. Don't get me wrong - there will be a desktop for a long time to come. However, it will not be dominant like it was in the last decade. Even the laptop is being challenged. Powerful tablets that can do 80% of the normal tasks a computer can do are taking over because they are easier to carry, more flexible in how they are used, and because they fit better overall in a lot of areas. I used to go to meetings and watch as everyone opened up laptops. Those that didn't used paper notes and either lost them or transcribed them into the computer when they got back to their office. Now I see a lot more tablets being used. I'm not sure this will ever be a primary market like desktops were or if the market will fragment relatively evenly between desktops, laptops, and tablets but I do see a large portion of the market moving towards the tablet. If Windows 8 didn't change how Windows looks and operates as radically as it did, the tablet would not work (it was tried once before and it was a failure).

There will be a lot of people who stay on Windows 7, and I think that is ok. For a lot of business cases, it continues to be the best platform for the job. However, I think we should be glad Windows 8 is coming out. This release will drive innovation. Apps will be built to support it and slowly an ecosystem will (hopefully) emerge. This will eventually be great for businesses but for now it will be a big win for the consumer.

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