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Windows 8's no-name update plan nails OS's coffin shut

Gregg Keizer | Aug. 11, 2014
Policy of smaller, faster updates also heralds broad changes to Windows in the future, say analysts; puts enterprises even further behind 8-ball.

Silver of Gartner was more worried about how enterprises would react to a constantly-in-flux OS if Microsoft continues the monthly updating after shipping Threshold next year.

"Microsoft needs some way to appease organizations that want to move quickly, [and appease] ones that just can't do it or won't commit to regularity," said Silver. "One size won't fit all."

The accelerated push of Windows 8 and 8.1 has already alarmed many enterprises, which are not used to such speed, and have no processes in place to handle continual change. By putting the pedal to the metal, Microsoft can only exacerbate the pain.

But in the end, organizations will have to find a way to adapt, disruptive as it may be; Microsoft certainly hasn't shown any signs of slowing down, or backing off its plans to crank out software, even if it's Windows.

Microsoft's intent, said Silver, is clear: "The goal is to be able to treat a large portion of the customer base more as phones than as PCs," he said.


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