While Windows 8’s new Metro interface promises a fresh look for longtime Windows users, a new survey from Forrester Research finds that only about 33% of the companies it surveyed plan to update to Microsoft’s (MSFT) new operating system. About 40% surveyed said they haven’t considered Windows 8 yet and 10% plan to skip it entirely. The drop in the percentage of companies planning to update is staggering compared to companies that planned to update to Windows 7 in 2009, notes the Wall Street Journal. According to the Journal, “At the same point before Windows 7 was released in 2009, two-thirds of companies surveyed said they planned to migrate to Windows 7, and 28% said they hadn’t yet considered Windows 7 or planned to skip it.”

The Wall Street Journal says there is plausible reason why many companies aren’t updating to Windows 8 aside from the user obvious interface changes. It’s a simple matter of business, really: most companies have already spent millions of dollars updating to Windows 7, and moving up to Windows 8 so soon doesn’t make sense from a financial standpoint.

Does that mean Windows 8 won’t be hit? Absolutely not. It merely means Microsoft is weaning itself off relying on the business and enterprise market for its profits and going more after the consumer market.

[Via The Verge]


Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. He first realized his love for technology when he burned through so many AA batteries on the original Game Boy that scraping battery acid off it became the norm.