Mass poll results
My argument that Windows 8.x was inevitably going to be the standard operating system of businesses - the only variable was time. But after reading the debate that followed in the poll's discussion forum, I realized I was not clear about one point.
At some point it is very possible that Microsoft will change the name of their operating system, especially if Windows 8 becomes too much of a liability in the marketplace. So, while the name may change, business will still essentially be using Windows 8.
It is a minor point, but may respondents used the way Microsoft dropped Vista for Windows 7 as an example of how Windows 8 was not inevitable. I would contend, however, that Windows 7 is just a revised version of Vista, so in a sense Windows Vista was not a failure from the system perspective but from a marketing perspective.
With that being said, the poll results show an evenly divided TechRepublic membership when it comes to the widespread adoption of Windows 8. Interestingly, the secondary poll (At a personal level, do you like Windows 8) reveals that many TechRepublic members dislike Windows 8 in its current incarnation. The next question to consider will be whether Windows 8.1 will change any minds in this regard.
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