Originally Posted by htpcforever
Can you support this statement?
The majority of Windows users are business users running on PCs that generally lack the hardware necessary for gaming. (used in the same context above) If you want to include people playing Candy Crush on their lunchbreak that's fine, but I'm not sure what that has to do with DirectX 12.
Also, pretty much everyone that games on their PC uses Windows, but not everyone that uses Windows games on their PC. So by very definition
it is a niche within the windows market.
Agreed. I believe businesses will move to Win10 the same way they moved to WinXP, and Win7. They will move to Win10 when they must replace their hardware and it all comes with Win10 on it.
That's partially true but it partly depends on the size of the company. In my experience smaller companies will just buy new PCs, leave the OS on it that came with it. Medium, sized businesses with a significant sized IT department don't typically roll out brand new hardware for everyone all at once. It is phased in and new hardware get's a customized image deployed based on whatever OS is supported at the time. Large enterprise outfits, will often rotate between upgrading Windows, upgrading, Office and upgrading hardware.
But no IT department I've ever dealt with would dream of migrating to Win10 just because it started coming on new hardware. Pretty much every IT department I've dealt with over the last several years upgraded to Windows 7 only
because XP support ended. It had nothing
to do with what came on the hardware.
Training the staff does not happen, unless you are talking about the very small group knows as desktop support. Everyone else is not given training. Office is no different on Win10 than it is on Win7. Heck, almost no business gives training when they change versions of Office.
I can categorically say you're wrong about this. It certainly doesn't happen everywhere, but considering the number of OS migration classes (including 2000, XP and Win7) I've personally taught at several companies I can say without question it absolutely does
happen. And Office training was pretty common, especially when companies started moving away from Office 2003 to the newer Ribbon-style versions.
What all features does the average user have to search for on a regular basis that will cause this "loss of productivity"? How to double click the icons they always double clicked on to launch the applications they already use on a regular basis? How to double click the Internet browser icon so they can go to Facebook? What productivity will be lost by having the user do what they always did, just on a different OS?
You mean besides pretty much everything? Most companies don't perform in-place upgrades and migrate user settings when they do OS upgrades. They typically do image deployment of some type of a customized install that has all of the necessary software preloaded. In some cases some of the settings might move over if the company has roaming profiles enabled, but that isn't a cure all, and many don't bother anyway. So when you sit down at your new computer at work, literally everything familiar can be gone. So for the people used to clicking on the shortcut to Excel on their desktop, now they don't have a shortcut. Okay simple, click on the start button and go to programs. What? that's gone now? Oh thank heavens there is a thing here that lists all of the programs alphabetically... but nothing is under "E." Crap. So unless I knew to use the search feature, I'd have to know to look for "Microsoft Office
Excel 2013." That's just one example.
Of course you'll have one end of the bell curve that already knows it and has no trouble at all using it, on the other end, you have people that will be hopelessly lost until someone shows them where everything went (and if that someone is just a co-worker that's supposed to be doing something else, that's two
people losing productivity) and you'll have a bunch of people in the middle that can probably muddle through it, but won't be nearly as productive as they were on their old familiar system.
I think you might be assuming that an upgrade at work just means a slightly different start button, and otherwise it's business as usual, and if that's the case, I think you're mistaken as that's not how the majority of upgrades go in the corporate world.