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Survey Shows IT Pro Interest in Windows 8

IT shops appear very eager to migrate to Windows 8, according to a new survey of 1,400 IT pros by our sister site, Redmondmag.com.

Nearly 61 percent of respondents said their shops were somewhat interested (40.2 percent) or very interested (20.7 percent) in Windows 8. Among respondents interested in a migration, a plurality (49 percent) wasn't sure when it would occur. About 5 percent expected their shops to jump to Windows 8 on release.

As for the adoption timetables of the slightly less eager, 11 percent were looking at the first six months after release; 18 percent, the second six months; and 17 percent, the second year.

For Microsoft partners wondering about opportunities, customer pain points and expectations, the survey suggested some general outlines. More customers seem to be leaning toward replacing older machines with new Windows 8 systems rather than upgrading older PCs to Windows 8. And one of the major customer concerns is compatibility.

You can read more of the survey here.

Posted by Scott Bekker on May 30, 2012


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