Customers already planning moves to Windows 8

Microsoft's next OS release looks set to get the mid-market spending as SecureData probes into the buying intentions of IT managers

The prospects of Windows 8 delivering a shot in the arm to the channel are looking fairly positive with a decent proportion of customers already planning migrations to the next version of the Microsoft OS.

Windows 8 is expected to arrive later this year and many in the industry are hoping it will lead to upgrades not just of the software but also on the hardware front.

Research into buying intentions from SecureData reveals that 68% of IT managers are planning to roll Windows 8 out over the next two years, with the financial sector being at the head of the queue with some working to a six month timeframe.

In terms of target market the mid market looks like being the most receptive to a Windows 8 pitch, with the just shy of half of those in the enterprise space not yet considering a change of OS.

Alan Carter, solutions consultant at SecureData, said that the forthcoming release of Windows 8 had been put even more under the spotlight following Microsoft's announcement of its Surface tablet launch, will be using the software.

"With the release of Windows 8 and the Surface tablet, it seems Microsoft has acknowledged that the consumerisation of IT has been established within the workplace, and therefore has developed technology in order to create a middle ground between corporate office software and the consumer," he said.

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