While the fuzz about the revealing of Windows 8 is still around, Microsoft’s hint to the enterprises aren’t the same. In a post on Windows Team Blog to celebrate a decades birthday of Windows XP by moving to Windows 7, they quoted a statement from Garner that:
Gartner underscores this in their September 19, 2011 FirstTake titled “Don’t Change Your Windows 7 Plans Because of Windows 8” which states: “With support for Windows XP ending in April 2014, we believe it would be dangerous for organizations now running XP to attempt to skip Windows 7 and move directly to Windows 8.” Gartner goes on to recommend: “Organizations running Windows XP and working on Windows 7 migrations: Continue as planned; do not switch to Windows 8.”
While we have no doubts believing that Window 8 is the next of something Microsoft is betting on, with the hybrid of mixed user interface, I believe that moving to Windows 7 without waiting for Windows 8 would be the best approach to the enterprises. Windows 8 is built for the future, an era with full of touchable devices around us, but before that, keyboard and mouse will still dominants the enterprises space, even many homes, therefore Windows 7 is a perfect Windows platform ever.