However, that doesn't mean the enterprise IT department won't have to deal with it.
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Gartner analyst Michael Silver predicts that "migration fatigue," a condition common among organizations that have recently spent substantial time and money adopting Windows 7, will prevent most from making the leap to Windows 8. He's not alone, either, with IDC researchers predicting that Windows 8 will be "largely irrelevant" on traditional PCs in general.
Naturally, that means Microsoft will need to find success for Windows 8 in consumer tablet and PC sales. And with the Windows 8 consumer preview set to release during this week's much-hyped Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft can start to drum up consumer interest before the operating system's expected 2012 release.
According to some, these expectations could be paving a bumpy road for enterprise network managers who are already subjected to the common issues of bring-your-own-device policies.
Aaron Suzuki, CEO of SmartDeploy, which helps enterprise customers migrate operating systems, says the fact that these consumer-friendly tablets come preloaded with a Windows OS will make many anticipate compatibility with their Windows-based work PCs.
"If you can get a Windows 8 device for cheaper than you can get an iPad and it does cool stuff, everyone's going to get one," Suzuki says. "So now you have everyone bringing their cool Windows device to work and it does all these things, and they'll start saying 'load up my work apps' and expecting LOB applications to work on that platform."
Especially with most users having been acclimated to Windows applications for work purposes for years, it won't be long before these devices show up in the enterprise, Silver says.
"Consumerization affects pretty much every product in market," Silver says. "So there very well could be some users who decide they like Windows 8 or that they're not happy with the device the organization has given them, and that certainly could spur some Windows 8 use in the enterprise, even if the organization isn't the one that decided to use it."