Randy Johnston K2 EnterprisesWindows 8 is not a good strategic investment. That was the message consultant Randy Johnston of K2 Enterprises delivered to an audience at the AICPA Tech+ Conference in Las Vegas this week. Johnston said Windows 8 will represent challenges because it will "require end-user training. It's going to have a big learning curve."

A bigger issue may be Johnston's view that the latest iteration of the Microsoft operating system does not offer much in the way of "notable new features." While Windows 7 had new features worth buying and Vista was "questionable" but probably still worth it, Windows 8 does not offer the same kind of improvements. Users  who have moved from the traditional look of Windows to the applications with the ribbon now go to the Metro style design. Johnston also noted Microsoft's move to a new file system in Window Server 2012, which he said is the first new file system in a decade. "We don't expect Windows server 2012 to be good when it first comes out," he said.

 

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