Can Windows 8 be adopted by the enterprise?

Windows 8 came with new features and improvements, however it seems that Windows 8 is more suitable for consumers than enterprises. Market research firm Gartner reports that 90% of global enterprises will avoid adopting Windows 8 and stick with Windows 7. Windows 8 does incorporate new features that a business may find attractive and could lead to better productivity and mobility.
Some of the benefits of Windows 8 are:

  • It starts up and moves faster once loaded
  • It extends battery life by automatically turning off unused ports saving energy
  • It has an idle/power management feature that allows the PC stay on with the screen off much like a phone
  • It has the ability to run old apps and other operating systems
  • It has better security features for both Internet Explorer and Windows, meaning files from the network or removable media will also be scanned
  • It has almost instant encryption if you have a┬ánew generation of hardware-encrypted disk
  • It has the ability to boot the operating system directly from a USB stick making it easier for users to work remotely when not at their office computer
  • It has applications are intuitive to install and many are free

Although Windows 8 offers these features there will be few companies that will buy the operating system. Why?

Many organizations have recently upgraded to Windows 7 and it will be two to five years before they’ll want to refresh their desktops again. Traditionally, businesses tend to skip every other Windows operating system release. This was the case with Windows Millennium Edition and Vista. And possibly one of the biggest hurdles is the fact that not many software programs enterprises use are available for Windows 8. The most likely business adopters of Windows 8 will be those companies who have a more mobile workforce.