What Windows 8 RTM Means for Businesses

What Windows 8 RTM Means for Businesses

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A little more than a year ago, the world first got a close look at Windows reimagined. And since then, my team and I have been meeting with customers all over the world about how Windows 8 is Enterprise ready by design and how it will work for their business.

It’s been an exciting journey to Windows 8, and today we are one step closer to the finish line with Windows 8 being released to manufacturing (RTM).

The RTM milestone of Windows 8 means that the operating system is ready for market and our OEM and ODM partners can finish building and refining their products in preparation for Windows 8 general availability, slated for Friday, October 26, 2012. And while the RTM milestone is important for OEMs and ODMs, it also signals to our customers, partners and developers that they will be getting their hands on Windows 8 Enterprise edition soon.

How soon? The Blogging Windows post today gives a full run down of key dates for Windows 8 availability. For Windows commercial customers, IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions on Aug. 15. Customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization and Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers on Sept. 1.

One more thing: If you haven’t already, consider adding the MDOP subscription to your agreement to make the most out of Windows for your business. For many of our customers, their future computing strategy includes the need to manage Windows features, restore user productivity, and virtualize applications the operating system and the user experience and MDOP products can help you do this.

So what’s our guidance for customers running on Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 PCs? While evaluating Windows 8, we recommend enterprise customers in the process of deploying Windows 7 continue with these deployments. There is great compatibility between Windows 7 and Windows 8, and this will make it easier for customers to start adopting Windows 8 side-by-side with Windows 7. For customers running Windows XP or Windows Vista, and still early in your deployment process, we recommend you start your Windows 8 deployment planning.

But don’t wait to begin your Windows 8 evaluation, even if you are running Windows 7 today. Start your evaluations now to experience how Windows 8 can change the way people do business. Customers have already started sharing with us how Windows 8 features like new Windows 8 apps, new hardware experiences like tablets, Windows To Go, enhanced security, DirectAccess, and desktop virtualization advancements are bringing about new business opportunities that give their organizations immediate value – from improved mobility and productivity to increased management functionality. And every customer scenario is unique as well, making Windows 8 one of the most personalized operating systems for business customers – and their employees – yet.

Please check back for more information in the coming weeks as we get closer to bringing Windows 8 to your business. And if you haven’t already, check out the Windows 8 Enterprise site to see what your organization can accomplish using Windows.

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  • Someone just got fired here for bringing up Windows 8.  It is a revolting regression of a proven uber-productive way to use a dedicating computing device for getting things done.  I can't help but laugh in fits when I see people touch those all-in-one computers when using a mouse and keyboard would do in 2 seconds what takes them 10-15 seconds to do while having to lift their arms up and tap tap tap tap tap.  Going Windows 8 is like choosing to write on a chalkboard when you have a pen and paper in front of you for greater dexterity within the UX.  I will not be upgrading.  Microsoft will have to pay ME $39.99 just to keep my business for Windows 9.  Convergence of the smartphone UI with the desktop/laptop form factor is plain stupidity.  It is just not a good idea.  The "traditional" desktop is not broken.  Why throw an ugly quilt over it to cover it up?

  • socrat
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    I see no sane reason why Microsoft dropped translucent Aero and the very handy to absolutely all users start menu. They should have kept them optional. Because of the uglish looks without blur and no start menu Windows 8 is not gonna be as successful as XP and 7. Demand will grow for True Transparency, ViStart and Bao's Switcher - to make the new os look as it should.

    As for Metro, it's great for tablets but not enough for desktops. MS should at lest give us start menu back.

  • What Windows 8 RTM Means for Businesses?

    It means downgraded productivity by DEFAULT!  Bring back the proven productivity driven desktop with Start menu and put that [insert new brand name here]-UI in the control panel only as a desktop display option, nothing more.

  • METRO, The corporate desktop killer!  No one corp desktop go to install Win8!!!!

    Very big mistake Microsoft!!!!!

  • Mantlo
    5 Posts

    should i be worried that i am a network administrator and i have no enthusiasm or excitement for Windows 8?

  • I have to agree with jjbowles about some of the shortcomings. I really like so many features of Win8, but the switch between desktop and metro has GOT to get better. I understand the necessity of having the two areas, but it just is jarring.

    I'm hoping some of the new hardware, mice and keyboards help with the horizontal scrolling. I like having that orientation, but traditional hardware makes navigating it a pain.

    There are so many great things about Win8, but it just feels disconnected. I really want to encourage my friends and family to upgrade for the awesome new features, but I'm not going to be able to get most of them on board until some refinements are made. As for my employer? Yeah, we are just now rolling out Win7. I have a feeling Win8 will be skipped for them, at least for a while. A shame, because the IT department could really use some of the great tools it offers.

  • I hate to start off with a moan but telling me that "Windows 8 is Enterprise ready by design" tells me that you've either kept a *lot* of stuff back from the previews (in which case, why have previews) or that you've got no idea what a lot of enterprises are doing.

    My helpdesk team have to deal with people who all but have hysterics when an icon on their desktop moves half-an-inch to the left. Changing to Windows 7 from XP left some of our users all  but paralysed with inability to act... And now you want to convince us that we can make the change to a radical new UI such as Metro with these users? Despite Microsoft's aggressive abandonment of even the semblance of any of your old UI cues that people have become used to over the last 20 years?

    I'm sorry but that just doesn't add up.

  • jjbowles
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    I'm going to rush out and upgrade my touch screen at home as soon as possible.  Love Win8 on touch!!  I'm also going to SKIP Win8 for my 7000 corp desktop users who have a kleyboard and mouse.  I've done some focus groups internally and the feedback has been brutal.  BRUTAL!   Common themes:

    1. The inivisble start corner is awkward.  Why not just put the start button back on the task bar?  There's lots of room.

    2. Switch from start menu (metro) to desktop is visually jarring.  If there was the concept of a start menu then this wouldn't be bad because they wouldn't see metro too often.

    3.  Horizontal scrolling with the mouse is difficult.  Take the Windows Store for example, it's all horizontal.  Easy for touch, hard with mouse.