Windows 8 A Transitional Challenge For Partners

October 25, 2012   //   News

Eighteen years after Microsoft Corp. introduced the start button and changed the way users everywhere thought about personal computing with its graphically intense and intuitive Windows 95 operating system, the software maker is once again shaking up the PC world with the release of the much anticipated, mobile-friendly Windows 8 OS. Gone is the smart button and the Windows desktop metaphor with it. In their place: the new Windows 8 start screen with its big, touch-friendly tiles. (snippet)

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A Methodical Approach

The prevailing slow-but-steady sentiment was echoed by another Microsoft Partner, SWC Technology Partners Inc. (ranked #9 on the Channelnomics and Ingram Mirco SMB500).

Mike Romp, senior consultant at SWC, which specializes in providing IT solutions, managed services and consulting to the midmarket, told Channelnomics he currently uses Windows 8 as his every-day operating system but isn’t giving clients the hard sell on the OS just yet.

“What we kind of stress is the hybrid deployment model. If you just rolled out Windows 7 or [are still using XP], there’s no need to go straight to Windows 8. There’s lots of situations where you want Windows 7 on the desktop,” Romp said. “The executive and mobile workforce are going to get that new kind of hardware. For those people, we really stress Windows 8.”

The general consensus is that Windows 8 is an outstanding platform for tablets, but there’s no rush for desktop adoption. Channel partners and system integrators bullish on Windows 8 should pursue the most relevant avenues for adoption, but although this is a groundbreaking release for Microsoft, its immediate impact on the technology world will likely take some time.

This article, “Windows 8 a Transitional Challenge for Partners” originally appeared online at Channelnomics.