Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer claims that Windows 8 is already a truly successful product, with more than 4 million updates sold in the first weekend, but companies involved in the IT business seem to disagree.
A new study conducted by TechRepublic.com on 1,200 IT employees revealed that 23.8 percent of all organizations are going to skip Windows 8 altogether, while 4.6 percent of them admitted that Windows 8 would be deployed on their PCs, but only after the first service pack is released.
Paradoxically, sources familiar with the matter have already hinted that Microsoft has no plans to release any more service packs, but instead it tries to adopt a different strategy and focus more on periodic updates that could keep its products secure much easier.
A total of 49.9 percent of all companies said they have no current plans to deploy Windows 8, but they may reconsider deployment in the future if everything goes right, while 10.7 percent revealed that they may install the new OS within the next 12 months.
Steve Ballmer unveiled last week during the Build conference that Microsoft had sold a total of 4 million Windows 8 updates in just one weekend, emphasizing that this new OS could also revive the collapsing PC market.
A total of 400 million PCs running the brand new Windows are expected to hit the market in 2013, Ballmer forecast.
“I think we're going to see a lot of growth and vitality and explosion in the PC market,” he said. “This is a market in which you can do your best work, your most innovative work. This is a market in which you can make money.”