Microsoft Windows 8 —  To Upgrade or Not ?

An upgrade to Windows 8 is not compelling, say analysts

An upgrade to Windows 8 is not compelling, say analysts
Designed for touch, it requires a great touchscreen or a touch pad
Priyanka Joshi / New Delhi Aug 13, 2012, 01:13 IST

Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 8, has reached the release to manufacturing (RTM) stage. In simple words, the company has finalised the code along with the features going into the final version of Windows 8. Partners like phone or tablet PC vendors to original equipment manufacturers can now start using the platform to launch their products for the Windows 8 worldwide launch on October 26. But analysts believe domestic consumers and enterprises aren’t exactly pining for Windows 8.

Personal computer (both notebook and desktop) sales are expected to grow eight per cent in 2012, according to CyberMedia Research data. And analysts argue it would be driven by Windows 7. Sumanta Mukherjee, lead analyst at CyberMedia Research (Infotech practice), says: “Windows 8 is designed for touch which means you need either a great touchscreen or a great touch pad. We don’t anticipate the new OS (operating system) to be a compelling upgrade to Windows 7.”  Read More…