Windows 8: worth the wait?

Windows 8 is out, the Microsoft Store in New York is open and Surface has surfaced. Times are certainly changing for Microsoft as it takes aim at Apple with a consumer friendly device and OS. Microsoft needs to win hearts and minds. But the winning formula that  has given it a licence to print money with Windows licences, is no longer compelling.

Windows 8 touch-screen UI

One CIO I spoke to questions the need to pay £25 per desktop to upgrade the PC OS and he is certainly bot enamoured by the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement for MS office, given that only a small proportion of employees use PowerPoint and Excel.

Certainly, it seems there is no compelling reason to switch over from Windows 7 to Windows 8. But Windows 8 devices and Microsoft’s own Surface tablets will find their way into the enterprise, thanks to the touch UI.

Personally, I’m not convinced Windows 8 makes a good desktop OS, for a non-touchscreen PC, but Microsoft says it is 30% faster than Windows 7.

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