Will Windows users easily accept the new Metro UI?

In a previous blog I discussed how enterprises might choose between Windows 7 and Windows 8. In this blog we are going to go into more detail regarding the new OS introduced by Microsoft, Windows 8, both in terms of adoption, and user acceptance.

In the corporate world, Gartner predicts that Windows 7 will be the last version of Windows to be largely deployed. Cloud computing, the need for mobility and flexibility, Apple’s growth, the many options available for computing and the extended increase of virtualization may shift the traditional way that IT is handled in large enterprises.

Since many corporations skipped the Windows Vista upgrade and decided to upgrade directly to Windows 7, there are some that suggest that this will hurt the adoption of Windows 8. (Source: foxnews.com)

However, Windows 8 will be compatible with all the programs run by Windows 7, so the transition period should be shorter, at least in terms of migration.

In terms of user acceptance, predictions vary, because of the fact that it introduces a new user interface, Metro, optimized for touch, to better operate on tablets and smart phones. This is a step forward for Microsoft and, according to Gartner, PC sales are expected to decline favoring tablets sales. However, tablets are still not powerful enough to replace desktop and laptops.

The new OS, with touch-like features, will introduce a ribbon application for Windows. Microsoft allows users to switch between the familiar look of Windows 7 and the new Metro look, which might be an advantage in terms of user acceptance.

Other improvements are faster boot time for Windows to start, full screen of websites through the new Internet Explorer 10 browser, a share feature and a built-in app store.  Further, Windows 8 is leveraging the cloud by providing access to one user’s information on any device by logging in with a Live ID.

The prospects are favorable for Windows 8 to succeed. Dell and HP have already declared their intentions to build tablets that will support the new OS. It seems that Microsoft is taking the necessary steps to improve its technology and to include new, modern features.
Will Microsoft be able to successfully convince people to move from an OS they know to an interface they are unfamiliar with?  The effort on Microsoft’s side is considerable; however, it remains to be seen if users are ready to accept the new OS.