In what situation should I not migrate to Windows 8?
As much as I like the speed, security and additional enterprise management features of Microsoft's latest operating system, I can think of several Windows 8 drawbacks that would be reasons for an organization not to upgrade:
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- You don't have the financial and political backing of management to ensure that the transition goes smoothly, including getting buy-in from users who may have their hackles up based on the sensationalist coverage of the OS.
- You have a highly diverse application environment that consists of various enterprise systems that may not work with the latest and greatest OS version.
- You simply don't have the budget. That said, staying on Windows XP may not be a defensible position once that dreaded breach occurs.
You need to look at the bigger picture:
- What are your unique business needs? Manufacturing and similar networks that tend to remain static have a different set of needs than those of organizations that have a highly mobile workforce. You might just need some of the nice new features in Windows 8.1 to help advance what the business is trying to accomplish.
- What's the culture -- and politics -- of your current user base? Are workers going to be happy with having to figure out a new OS? Or will the tried-and-true Windows 7 suffice for a while?
- What mobile and cloud needs do you have today and might you have in the future? Windows 8 (and presumably Windows 9) will be better-suited to support those technologies than the already aging Windows 7.
You may be better off waiting for Windows 9. It depends on things such as your current timeline and support for Windows XP. You should at least have Windows 8 on your radar. Just don't hop onto the stereotype bandwagon and judge Windows 8 drawbacks without first getting to know the OS. It's quite good.
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