According to the most recent announcement from Microsoft, the machines with Windows 8 will hit the market in October this year, but that does not mean that companies need to panic when upgrading their computers, according to experts. Despite the new operating system offers great new features compared to previous updates from Microsoft, none is so convincing that she replace the practical business factors.
Windows 8 gives boot quickly, takes less time to create an image of the PC that Windows 7 and its interface Metro has interesting possibilities for devices used in factories or in fields of human resources, said. However, like many other companies, PolyOne is still in the midst of transition from Windows XP to Windows 7, hoping it would be done in time until April 8, 2014, when the old operating system support will be terminated.“The general feeling is that if we have done all this effort to migrarmos for Windows 7, because we had to do it again when you get Windows 8 in one year?”
This is a good question, asked. Organizations that go through a transition of operating systems suffer from what he calls migration and fatigue do not want to face the labor again, the answer is expected soon. There are other reasons to take it easy, he added. Windows 8 will be released in October, which means he will not be ready to be widespread in the corporate environment for 18 months or more, scored Silver. This means that the start date may be in early 2014, too close to the date on which the support of XP will expire. “There is not time enough to meet the deadline. We must abandon the focus on XP, “he noted.
Waiting also allows more time for Windows 8 to be established as stable platform and prove that its benefits are worth in the corporate world, said Nigel Fortlage, vice president of IT at GHY International. The company just completed its migration to Windows 7 and just accepted the project because of the approaching end of support, and not because he had problems with Windows XP.
More questions, fewer problems
Even though Windows 7 has to opt for increased help desk calls at the beginning, most of the questions was about how to use the new tools, not because he had computer problems that needed to be resolved. After five months, called the intensity decreased, and help desk support is 80% lower than when the machines had XP installed, he said.
The goal is to have a stable work area, which does not require a lot of IT efforts to keep users operating without continuous education. That’s what he has to offer with the migration to Windows 7 and Windows 8 will not be attractive until it is equally reliable. “I do not want to deal with it for many years, if I can help,” he said.
But there are cases where it makes sense to move to Windows 8 before, Silver said, if there is a significant need to do for tablet computing and support for Windows at the same time.Windows 8, with its touch interface, can run on machines that have both laptop and tablet capabilities, answering the need for tablets and PCs in a single device. “It’s a benefit you can only buy a computer instead of having to choose an iPad or a PC,” he said.
Tablets are not for every one
According to Silver, although Cases are welcome on corporate networks that have BYOD policy (which stands for “Bring Your Own Device” or “Bring Your Own Device” in free translation), it still does not fit the standard of management and security infrastructure of Windows shops.
A company in which more than half of the devices are tablets, is a good candidate for early adoption of Windows 8. Or even companies with a low percentage may want to bring Win8 tablets if you have already spent some time since the adoption of seven. They may have overcome the fatigue of the first migration and be prepared for the next.
Companies established in Windows 7 may consider switching to the 8 to upgrade their machines and laptops. A wild card in this mix is how well Windows 8 tablets will be in the consumer market – something that Microsoft is clearly hoping, says Silver.
If they become popular, they can begin to show up to work as part of consumerization. Then, depending on the scope of its popularity and the desire of receiving greater in these types of devices, the IT industry may be forced to accommodate Windows 8 sooner than expected.
Meanwhile, companies must be mindful of the impact that Windows 8 will have on the network infrastructure – security in particular – management and applications, says Silver. The personal computer hardware must be measured and recorded to make sure he can handle the new operating system. When the moment actually arrives, it may make sense to tie the updates Windows 8 with hardware upgrades, this is the transition from XP to Windows 7 is any indication. At least that’s what it says Fortlage of GHY International.
In the middle of the update, he did the math and discovered that it was at least $ 100 or cheaper to buy the new Windows 7 desktops from Acer than dealing with the hardware problem on old machines with XP that actually exceeded the specifications of the seventh. The problem was the age of the equipment and the likelihood of them needing repairs, Fortlage says.
Planning is essential
software management and security will be deployed on machines that also needs to check for compatibility with Windows 8, says Silver. Microsoft says that applications that run on Windows 7 will also run in the eighth, but companies should check with application providers on the veracity of this and what are your future plans about developing for Windows 8, he says.
There are workarounds, such as running incompatible apps in virtual machines, but these options should be minimized, and alternatives should be sought. Planning for Windows 8 should extend beyond himself, says Silver. It is possible that Windows 7 is good enough, especially if there is no need to interface new version of the Metro, says Silver. Run the operating system on a traditional PC is not as beneficial enough to justify the change effort.
“If you just made a migration to Windows 7 and not looking for touch technology, you can skip the eighth,” he says. Those who are starting to use the seventh release are those most likely to jump, because it expects Windows 9, or whatever it is called the next version is released in two years. “When they get tired of XP and look around, have a beta version for Windows 9,” he says.