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.
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.
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.