Regardless of Microsoft’s massive 2012 marketing and rollout campaign for Windows 8, we will find that large enterprises, most of which are comfortably stable and satisfied with Window 7.0 or other non-Vista Microsoft operating system options on the standard corporate desktop and notebook will not actively evaluate or consider Windows 8.0 in the enterprise until after 2013.
Let’s face it: Windows 7.0 (and to some extent Windows XP) is considered by many to be the most stable and feature-rich operating system in Microsoft’s history. Enterprises now have the knowledge and resources to drive productivity through this operating system.
But as enterprises shift even more of their computing capacity to mobile devices that require more integration than is found in today’s BYOD environment, they will find that Windows 8.0 may be a solution. Today the mobile industry and market share is dominated Apple (iPhone) and others (Android). This will continue through 2013. In 2014 and beyond, Windows 8 (and variant mobile operating systems) will begin to gain enterprise attention as it ( and the variant WinRT architecture, with a significantly revamped and somewhat disorienting interface) will prove to be a valiant move by Microsoft to capture at least part of the emerging mobile (including tablet and smartphone) market.
[Editor's Note: This post is part of the annual "Cutter Predicts ..." series.]