The Gartner Group jump the gun about Windows 8 – AGAIN

September 9, 2011

Fox News… who knows… *sigh* Here we go..

Michael Silver, a vice president at research firm Gartner who studies personal computers, exclusively told that many companies have what he calls “migration fatigue” and will skip Windows 8 entirely. “We … expect most companies to skip it,” Silver told “To the extent that the market expects companies to adopt Windows 8 in large numbers, it may be disappointed.” Corporate America just went through a massive upgrade to Windows 7, which most consider a raging success for consumers and business: Gartner estimates that 80 percent of companies skipped Vista and went to Windows 7. Some remain on Windows XP, slow to move due to costs or legacy software. Now, because of the immense cost, they’ll skip Win 8 as well, he said. But there’s a silver lining to Windows 8, Silver said, a word that gives consumers goosebumps: tablets. “The market is obviously waiting for Microsoft to have an OS that can run on a tablet that can compete with the iPad,” Silver told “So far, most of the Android tablets have been less than successful. Windows 8 will be another measure of whether there is a tablet market or just an iPad market,” he said.
OK, let’s start from the beginning here.
many companies have what he calls “migration fatigue” and will skip Windows 8 entirely.
I don’t care what kind of research firm Gartner is but it’s the height of irresponsibility to speculate about an Operating System you haven’t seen. Period. An Operating System you haven’t touched and used. An OS which hasn’t had a list price announced. An OS which may have value to the enterprise that you have no idea about. Then he goes on to say even more:
Gartner estimates that 80 percent of companies skipped Vista and went to Windows 7. Some remain on Windows XP, slow to move due to costs or legacy software. Now, because of the immense cost, they’ll skip Win 8 as well, he said.
You know what, let’s just cancel the BUILD conference. Because of the immense cost? I’m sorry, how much is it going to cost to move to Windows 8? Oh that’s right..WE DON’T KNOW YET! Look here’s the issue. We just don’t know enough about Windows 8 to know whether it will be a raging success or not but an analyst should be more tempered in their quotes. Will enterprises skip Windows 8? – Hard to tell, depends on what Microsoft brings to the table with this release. ROI.. Hey Gartner remember ROI? What can this OS do to help companies save money? Oh, that’s right – WE DON’T KNOW YET! You cannot be so categorical about things that are impossible to know. It just kills the credibility you think you have. He couldn’t even wait for the BUILD conference? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you – Gartner.]]>

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  • Hey look I totally agree. Fuck Gartner!
    They are full of shit 99% of the time and are nearly right the remaining 1%.

    Rodney Jenkins September 9, 2011 3:01 pm Reply
  • I second the comment below. Gartner have their heads up their asses… Always have..

    Assg September 9, 2011 4:05 pm Reply
  • I agree with Gartner. It,s to soon for companies to switch to a new OS.

    Chiefspraker September 9, 2011 10:56 pm Reply
  • I think many companies might skip upgrading desktops to windows 8.  That will not make an ounce of difference on whether Windows 8 will be a success.  That really depends on many factors including how they do in the tablet world.  I have a feeling, thew will quickly be the new kings.   
    I could be wrong, but I think the big loosers will be Android.  Android has yet to understand the tablet market (severely overpricing their tablets).  Apple the creators of the market have a much better handle on it.  You can see they are not putting OSX functionality into iOS, but the otherway around.
    The future of computing is not the end of the desktop or the laptop.  It is a gradient from cheap to high performance.  Much like cars, the cheaper is the most abundant.  But you wont find Honda Fits in the Indy 500.  Each has its place.  A big question is cloud computing.  I am not so convinced it is what people expect it to be.  Can you imagine storing all your personal data there?  I have trouble with that.  I think there may be a combination, home server connected to network devices accessible anywhere.  Kids will all have their own tablets storing their data on the home server accessible at school.  No more “I left my homework at home” excuse (poor kids).  With everyone having a tablet, the price will need to be somewhere under $200 dollars which will be very doable when produced in those numbers.  Battery live will need to be somewhere around 4 days.  Perfomance will need to be somewhere around the level of bottom of the line laptops 3 years ago.  Window 8 and the OSes afterwords will need to be able to start in less than 15 second on those specs.  Hardware has a lot of catching up to do.  But we will see that in the next couple years.

    walkergw September 9, 2011 11:50 pm Reply
    • I agree with the comment above. I think Android will definitely lose out. I mean only the crazy buy tabs for $500-$700. People, if you want to throw money to someone I can give you my address and you can buy an Apple and send me the excess that you would have paid for the Android tablet. Although I also think that “most” companies will skip 8 for a short time. The reason being that many companies are still recouping from the crash. Not to mention that not every company has these newer pc’s and tablets. As for Vista… well maybe MS jumped the gun on that one. Why do you think that 7 came out very shortly after… can we say “OOPSIE?”

      Carol September 10, 2011 2:49 am Reply
  • who cares?  they are bunch  lousy , rotten old men who don’t know anything.
    seriously, what kind of  people they are? they don’t even see windows 8 yet.
    my theories:
    1)they are stupid.
    2)they just  hate ms.
    3)they get paid.
    I don’t know , but no sane persion  judge without knowing anything.
    let’s wait for “Build” then we will have information to judge.

    zulbia_bamie September 10, 2011 2:01 am Reply
  • Just more MS bashing. I wonder what version of Windows they are using.

    al92lt1 September 10, 2011 10:58 am Reply
    • I would bet you a donut that he uses Apple II!

      Jereese September 10, 2011 11:30 am Reply
  • The Gartner Group has a track record of getting things right – and wrong. They try to steer the market by creating FUD about anything they think they can get away with. These are the guys that came out with the idea that having a coffee maker in your business cost $10,000 a year in missed work and lost productivity….

    Waltjones40 September 10, 2011 11:54 am Reply
  • Well this guy is really and i mean REALLY proving the fact that PEOPLE in a postition of POWER like he is and others whom well leave alone ARE GETTING more and MORE stupid as they get richer

    Loran Gene Glasco Jr September 10, 2011 12:45 pm Reply
  • This Gartner is as i think just a pawn for others whom disagree with the way the system works. Most likely he is in the pockets of apple and therefore receiving a bonus in his check for his words against windows 8. When truthfully he does not see that there could be potential in windows 8 proving to be the platform needed to compete with the ipad os  but like you said we dont know yet so we shall see what is to happen

    Eric Baker September 10, 2011 6:11 pm Reply
  • It,s going to die sooner or later .All all OS do.Lets kill OS Windows  8  and ask him about Windows 9 ?

    Cojo45 September 10, 2011 8:21 pm Reply
  • Analysts have no credibility, and never will. They throw shit against the wall to see what sticks.  That’s all they do.

    Joe_HTH September 11, 2011 9:39 am Reply
  • I myself find it so annoying hearing people say that someone is saying something awful about windows just because they may be an apple Mac user.
    Not all people with macs complain about windows to everyone.
    I don’t complain to public even though I us Mac. Remember that sometimes it’s people with Linux or bsd!
    I hate windows but I still have xp in parallels desktop for all my games and I do not critisize windows just because I prefer Mac os or Linux.
    I am actually very excited to get my hands on windows 8 to see what it is and I probably will put the beta also in parallels desktop but I would not use windows as my main os.
    Those that do criticize Windows just because it isn’t Mac os are completely dumb. There is room in this world for more than one os.
    I think what that person said is complete bull.
    Now I can understand that companys that only just upgraded to windows 7 may not want to upgrade to windows 8 straight away but that depends on what the install is like and the costs.
    If Microsoft uses their comman sense, they will offer a cheap upgrade available just like when windows 7 only just came out.
    But for those blaming that it’s because he is a Mac user, that is the wrong thought my friend. Not all are like that and that includes me.

    Jase Wolf September 12, 2011 2:34 am Reply
  • *golf clap. Well said. 

    Julius Malco September 12, 2011 3:55 pm Reply
  • Gartner is quite correct. Porting apps from one system to another is very expensive in investment of resources, time and staff retraining, regardless of the cost or the virtues of the actual system be migrated to. Win8 will be bypassed.

    Xjayar September 14, 2011 2:38 am Reply
  • They used to have MS love, now I think they are getting paid off by Google. Makes me sick how much corporate America blindly listens to their “advice”.

    AmyS September 18, 2011 5:51 pm Reply

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