New InformationWeek Reports Research Finds Mixed Outlook for Windows 8

While 52% plan to adopt Microsoft's new OS, 48% say they'll stick with previous versions

Jan 24, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- InformationWeek Reports (, a service for peer-based IT research and analysis, announced the release of its latest research report. Our Windows 8 report encompasses analysis of results from InformationWeek's recent survey on IT's plans for Microsoft's new client and server OS. Nearly 1,000 business technology professionals, all from organizations with 500 or more employees, responded to this poll.

Research Summary:

Windows XP still rules the corporate desktop roost, according to InformationWeek's October 2011 Windows 8 Survey. Ninety percent of respondents say XP is in use on their companies' PCs, despite Microsoft's plan to end support. Among those who do plan to upgrade on desktops and/or laptops, 58% will eventually run Win 8 on 76% or more of these devices.

Other Findings: 

  • 28% have not yet established any timeline for migrating to Win 8 on desktops/laptops compared with just 18% who will upgrade within 12 months.
  • On the server side, 39% of those upgrading will eventually run 76% or more of their devices on Windows 8 Server; the top driver is a more capable version of Hyper-V.
  • For PCs, Windows Vista lags behind both Linux and Mac OS X in terms of penetration, 20% vs. 34% and 29%, respectively.

The report author, Randy George, is a senior systems analyst for a major-league sports team.

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"One area where Win 8 isn't being received with much excitement is mobile devices," says Lorna Garey, content director of InformationWeek Reports. "Just 1% currently run the OS on smartphones or tablets, and 21% have no plans to do so in the future."

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Art Wittmann
VP & Managing Director, InformationWeek Reports

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