So far, about half the percentage of businesses that adopted Windows 7 in the first few weeks have adopted Windows 8.
The new program, which is based on a touch screen, is not perceived as necessary by corporate users. It has a learning curve that owners see as a threat. Then there is the expense of buying the upgrade. Why pay it? What is the crucial benefit?
Corporate desktop software is based on the mouse. This is not going to change in the near future. There will have to be a “killer app” to persuade businesses to switch to tablets.
To the extent that Microsoft relies on Windows, its marketing is in trouble. The company knows this.
Do you need a Windows-based tablet? Then you need Windows 8. But who needs a Windows-based tablet?
If you are planning to produce screencasts using Microsoft’s PowerPoint program, a PC-tablet makes sense. Screencasts and PowerPoint go together well. But not many people make screencasts.
With a tablet, you can use a pen to mark the screen. You can draw an arrow or circle a number or a word on the screen. But how many people need to do that? I do, but I already have a tablet PC. I have had it for five years. It works fine with Windows 7.
We are seeing the switch to tablets. It makes sense. But the PC market is unlikely to make the switch. Microsoft Windows is now a mature product. The days of wine and roses are over.