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IDC: Windows 8 Will Be 'Largely Irrelevant' for PC Users

Last week we heard that Windows 8 was rumored to be hitting public beta in late February of next year. We're also expecting to see more of the operating system during Steve Ballmer's keynote address at the annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas this coming January. However, if IDC is to be believed, PC users will find the next iteration of Windows 'largely irrelevant.'

All About Microsoft author Mary Jo Foley reports that one of IDC's "Worldwide System Infrastructure Software 2012 Top 10 Predictions" was that "Windows 8 Will Launch with Split Success." Explaining the prediction, IDC analysts say that Windows 8 will be largely irrelevant to those with traditional PCs, adding that they "expect effectively no upgrade activity from Windows 7 to Windows 8 in that form factor." As far as tablets are concerned, IDC believes that Microsoft will be too late to the tablet market to make any real impact.

It's not an entirely surprising prediction when you look at how comfortable users are with Windows 7. While the Windows 8's Metro UI smells a lot like Windows Phone 7 and promises a great interface for tablets and PCs with touchscreen displays, Microsoft has said that if you disable Metro, your Windows 8 desktop is going to look and feel a lot like the one in Windows 7. Throw in the fact that, as Foley points out, many businesses have just finished upgrading to Windows 7 from XP/Vista and it doesn't seem like such a crazy prediction. However, even if IDC is right about upgrades from Windows 7, Microsoft is still going ship a lot of copies of the OS with new PCs that sell after the operating system is released, so it's not all bad.

Do you plan on upgrading to Windows 8? Let us know in the comments below!

  • mightymaxio
    Ill upgrade anyway, it will only be 25$ when it comes out from my school.
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  • willard
    I used the Win8 dev preview for about a month. Best OS I've ever used, and it's not just limited to the Metro UI (which takes some getting used to). The whole thing is much more responsive and usable. 7 was good, 8 is great.

    I will absolutely upgrade from 7.
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  • murambi
    Hey It handles multi threading slightly better than windows 7 so why not
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  • atikkur
    pertamax gan..
    well.. a new os doesnt mean a new interface. whats more important that a new os must be all stabililty, speed, and bla bla bla..
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  • southernshark
    I doubt I'll upgrade until I buy a new TV. In fairness to Microsoft, this product is forward thinking (which is good). While its impact might not be immediate it is laying the foundation for the future, with touchscreen technology and the like. I suspect that even on desktop monitors, we will start to see more limited touch options. And in the future, these options will grow even further as touchscreens are incorporated into many aspects of our homes.
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  • rantoc
    Every other windows is experimental with new tech, nothing new. Look at vista that put the foundation to windows7 thats adopted at insane rates in both home to corporations computers worldwide. Much like windows9 will be after win8 put the foundation for it. Expert analyst!? All thats needed is common sense to figure that out!

    Now where is that "expert analyst payment"?
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  • soo-nah-mee
    I've been kind of thinking of W8 being to W7 what Honeycomb was to Gingerbread.
    Maybe W9 will be the Ice Cream Sandwich.
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  • ujaansona
    I'll love to check it out!
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  • Goldengoose
    willardI used the Win8 dev preview for about a month. Best OS I've ever used, and it's not just limited to the Metro UI (which takes some getting used to). The whole thing is much more responsive and usable. 7 was good, 8 is great.I will absolutely upgrade from 7.What was the metro interface like once you had gotten used to it? Prefer it over the traditional UI?
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  • Only if it implies a better performance in my main applications and those would be games. Though I haven't tested the developer preview.
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