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Stephanie Dash, a national account manager at Systms of New York, a Rochester, N.Y.-based Microsoft partner and solution provider, feels the new Windows 8 UI won't completely halt enterprise adoption, but could slow it down.
"People hesitate a little bit to move to the new release [of Windows]," Dash said. "They first will maybe try it within a certain group within their company before rolling it out to everybody."
Still, some Microsoft partners, such as Spencer Ferguson, president and CEO of Wasatch I.T., a Microsoft partner and Salt Lake City-based solution provider, believe Windows 8's revamped design was a necessary move for Microsoft to appeal to consumers while prepping its enterprise users for the future of Windows. Ferguson focuses primarily on the SMB space, where he expects Windows 8 to present his company with new growth opportunities moving forward.
"We'll see a bit of an uptick based on refreshes over the next 12-18 months. I believe in Windows 8," Ferguson told CRN. "My bet will pay off if businesses begin to adopt the OS on the tablet and the smartphone. If they don't, we stay where we are. If they do, it could mean higher managed services fees and a more consistent platform across form factors for our techs to support."