Forrester: Only 4 percent of IT decision makers plan to migrate to Windows 8 in next year

IT departments say they are still struggling with expensive Windows 7 migration

There is more bad news for Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows 8 in the enterprise. Barely 4 percent of IT decision makers have plans to migrate to Windows 8 in the next year, according to a survey of 1,282 IT decision makers by Forrester Research.

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This finding follows the announcement of security holes in Windows 8 found by security firm Vupen and a prediction by Gartner that 90 percent of enterprises would bypass broad deployment of Windows 8 through at least 2014.

The reason for this reluctance: IT managers are still trying to get their hands around migrating to Windows 7, according to Forrester analyst David Johnson.

In a Friday blog, Johnson wrote IT departments are still working on their Windows XP and Windows 7 migrations. Forrester clients are complaining that migrating to Windows 7 is an "expensive process, with application migration and modernization, the OS upgrade process, and the associated labor and costs."

Most of the new PCs being deployed in the enterprise are running Windows 7, and there is a 3 to 5 year life cycle for PC hardware, so Johnson is predicting that few enterprises will want to make another expensive investment in desktop OS migration in the near future.

In addition, when it comes to security, while Windows 8 is better, Windows 7 is "good enough" for most enterprises, Johnson wrote. Windows 8 security improvements include Trusted Boot, which provides security while the computer is booting up, Dynamic Access Control, which improves user authorization management and improvements to its BitLocker full disk encryption technology. "As good as these features are, we don't think they will be enough to create a tipping point for IT adoption," Johnson wrote.

Forrester does not see a ground swell of pressure from employees for adoption of Windows 8 for the desktop anytime soon. Most employees are using Windows 7 at home so will be happy with Windows 7 at work.

Also, Johnson noted that the "loss of familiar attributes like the start button for navigation, or the potential for confusion between apps running on the legacy Windows desktop and those running in the new Windows 8 interface, will cause disorientation and frustration, requiring additional training and support."

For more:
- read Johnson's blog with the survey results

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