Microsoft: IT and business will love Windows 8

We recently listed some of the reasons tech experts believe Windows 8 will be a nightmare for businesses and IT departments. Not surprisingly, Microsoft has stepped up to defend its upcoming operating system. 

While Windows 8 will contain some new features and upgrades that will benefit business users, many early reviews of the OS say it will work well on tablets used by consumers, but not so much on desktop PCs or in corporate environments.

Many experts are also skeptical that businesses will upgrade to a new OS so soon after many of them already switched to Windows 7.

But, of course, Microsoft is arguing that businesses should make the switch. The company recently declared Windows 8 “enterprise-ready” during a keynote address at the company’s TechEd North America conference in Orlando.

In the presentation, the company’s Antoine Leblond, corporate vice president of Windows Web Services, and Linda Averett, director of program management for Windows, gave a list of reasons business should upgrade to Windows 8:

  1. The new Metro user interface, they said, is intuitive and easy to use on tablets, as well as desktops and laptops.
  2. The OS is designed to improve battery life, which is important given how much work is now done on mobile machines.
  3. Improvements are being made to Windows’ security, performance, management tools and virtualization features.
  4. The OS will be able to run applications designed for both the Metro interface and Windows 7.
  5. Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8 will be much less expensive than what businesses likely paid to go from XP to Windows 7, they said, because hardware requirements are similar and apps won’t need to be modified.

Does any of that mean businesses should be in a hurry to perform a full Windows 8 upgrade — especially since Microsoft has acknowledged it won’t be likely for organizations to have Windows 8 deployments ready before XP’s support runs out in 2014? That means businesses still using XP will either have to switch to Windows 7 — and then to Windows 8, Microsoft is saying — or risk leaving security vulnerabilities open for a period of time.

What do you think? Is your organization planning a move to Windows 8? Let us know in the comments section.

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