W8 not really wanted by business owners if MS forces the touchscreen down everyone's throat. I think EOL for XP will push more people away from MS and look for the alternatives. It is just such a opportunity for a co. to save money and spend it where it really gets them something.
"W8 not really wanted by business owners"
Every vendor that I have seen offers the touchscreen and/or Win8 as just one of the options.
"I think EOL for XP will push more people away from MS and look for the alternatives"
I agree. But I think that when a company moves from XP, they would have naturally looked at all possible solutions anyway. To do otherwise would be an irresponsible use of company resources.
"It is just such a opportunity for a co. to save money and spend it where it really gets them something."
That is very true. A responsible company would investigate all aspects of enterprise ownership, productivity and security risks. They have ALWAYS done that and ALWAYS will. Nothing different will happen this time.
Vista gave 64bits. 64bits offered attractive features. Vista was just too buggy which stalled conversion but many tried to deal with it.
Win7 adoption was VERY fast because it fixed bugs, was stable, was fast, .... and enterprise worthy.
Win8 offers touch. Win8 has hardware requirements and a learning curve.
Without touch, there is little incentive to upgrade and few will without touch. 8-)
The "PC is dead" crew simply need to keep fabricating their argument with the "Win8 killed the PC" thread.
When the Haswell 10hour battery life notebooks hit the streets, ZERO of those machines will come with Win7.