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Windows 8 is a major step forward for Microsoft, but one it has to take in order to stay relevant in a world where the PC has become a peer among a multitude of devices. Gartner highlights our latest research on Windows 8, its tablet-like interface, and this new era for Microsoft's flagship OS.
Gartner Research VP and Distinguished Analyst Michael Silver outlines issues surrounding Windows 8 migration.
5 June 2012
Windows 8, with its new UI and API set, marks the beginning of the WinRT era and the beginning of the end of the WinNT era. It will take 10 or more years before most organizations completely transition to WinRT technology, which, if successful, will represent the next 20 to 30 years of Windows.
4 April 2012
With the release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the feature set and functionality of the new OS is becoming clearer. The OS is a dramatic change, which will provide challenges and new opportunities for enterprises.
10 June 2012
The new Intel Ivy Bridge processor platform will not support Windows Vista. Windows Vista customers must make immediate arrangements to prepare for this change if they wish to purchase any new PCs in 4Q12 and beyond.
14 September 2012
Windows 8 will be well-received by users with tablets, convertibles, hybrids and other devices with good touch support. How the rest of the market will react is less clear.
13 September 2012
Microsoft is likely to have a competitive tablet platform with Windows 8, and a large number of slick touch and tablet devices featuring many new form factors. Organizations need to assess how these devices will affect tablet strategies, including how iPads are used.
13 September 2012
By moving MUI and BitLocker into Windows 8 Pro, organizations that use only those features may decide they no longer need Windows client SA. The new Companion Subscription License add-on will attract organizations that want to allow user-owned devices to access virtual desktops or run Windows To Go.
29 August 2012
Windows 8 will be attractive for certain users, but most organizations should continue deploying Windows 7 for the majority of their users.
28 August 2012
Securing Windows 8 requires considering three security scenarios. The Windows Desktop side of Windows 8 is much like Windows 7, while the WinRT side of Windows 8 is a radical improvement over the PC security model but limits security visibility. On ARM-based devices, existing tools won't work.
20 June 2012
Windows 8 tablets can offer the IT organization enterprise manageability; however, the shift is likely to require additional investment in training, application porting and tool upgrades. End-user acceptance could also mitigate its value to the enterprise.
28 June 2012
Organizations that will still run Windows XP after April 2014 need to ensure that their users' PCs are protected as much as possible from any attack, that critical applications remain available, and that Windows XP machines do not compromise valuable organization data or sensitive customer data.