Microsoft is undaunted by new figures indicating a disappointingly low adoption rate for Windows 8 on enterprise computers. The firm said that it may take a while, but that the benefits of its latest platform will eventually win over the naysayers.
SysAid Technologies, a provider of IT Service Management (ITSM) tools, claims that its IT Benchmark data shows that only 0.53 percent of enterprise computers running Windows are on Windows 8. The firm said that this contrasts with Windows 7, had found its way onto 11.3 percent of enterprise PCs six months after its launch.
Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Server and Tools division, told V3 that he could not comment on the figures as he had not seen them, but that he is confident Windows 8 will eventually be accepted.
"With Windows 8, we've sold over 100 million licenses and we showed how big customers like Emirates Airlines are using the tablets and Windows 8 in their environment. It offers a significant overhaul in the experience, built with touch in mind," said Anderson, who was speaking at the Microsoft TechEd conference in New Orleans.
Anderson said that with Windows 8, Microsoft is offering consistency across platforms thanks to the Modern UI, although this is one aspect of the platform that has divided users.
"The interface that is in Windows 8 is also on Windows Phone and Xbox, it's a consistent experience across all of the things that we're building at Microsoft, and I think people are getting more comfortable with it," he said.
Anderson said consumer power would help to drive uptake of Windows 8, as pressure from employees would galvanise IT departments into adopting platforms that their users are bringing into the workplace as part of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend.
"Consumers are pushing IT to embrace technology and enable them to do things that IT would have taken a lot longer to do. I think as more Windows tablets and Windows Phones are sold around the world, that will help to push IT to embrace these things at a quicker pace," he said.
At TechEd, Microsoft showed more features to come in the Windows 8.1 refresh out later this year, and also showcased new devices that are likely to ship with the platform.
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