Businesses do worry that switching to new versions of Windows that have significant changes to the user interface causes productivity hits as workers get used to performing tasks in different ways, Allaway says. This is especially a concern for large companies where 40,000 workers might be affected, multiplying the effects of inefficiencies caused by the changeover.
He says XP had an extraordinarily long 13-year run for an operating system. Microsoft will have learned its lesson and tie the operating system in with, say, new functionality of Microsoft Office, pushing customers to upgrade Windows 7 sooner than they did XP. "It will be a great coup if they cut that down to five years," he says.
They are attracted to an operating system that is secure, but the security advantages of Windows 8 over Windows 7 haven't been a decisive factor, he says.
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