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Vitalyst recently completed the second in a series of Windows 8 Pulse surveys designed to gauge reactions and plans to migrate to the new operating system. Survey respondents included more than 600 manager and above IT contacts within US-based companies of 500 employees or more.

More than 25% of respondents anticipated their organizations moving to Windows 8 by the end of 2014.

Key findings include:

  • Windows 8 adoption is progressing, with 36% of respondents indicating Windows 8 starting to be in their environments now, although for most of these it is not yet their primary OS.
  • More than 25% of respondents anticipated their organizations moving to Windows 8 by the end of 2014.
  • Approximately 50% of respondents from companies already deploying Windows 8 indicate that it has been more of a challenge for end-users than previous upgrades. However, 16% said it has been less of a challenge.
  • Those from companies not yet deploying Windows 8 are much more likely to believe it will be a greater challenge for end-users than previous upgrades.
  • Whether based on actual experience or perceived, Windows 8 is expected to be more challenging for end-users.

The perceived learning curve was also an issue in our first survey, although many respondents indicated that they had not had enough experience with Windows 8 to form an opinion at that time.

In the most recent survey, we added a question about Microsoft’s cloud-based offerings: “Are you evaluating or deploying Microsoft Office 365 in your environment?” Fewer than 15% of respondents indicated they have or are currently deploying Office 365, but more than a third noted that they are considering it.

Other notable findings include:

  • As with Pulse Survey I, Windows 7 still is the most heavily deployed OS
  • Office 2010 is still the most heavily deployed Office version
  • Windows XP is still in many environments as well, along with a few incidences of earlier OS systems

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