IDC has poo-pooed Windows 8 saying that it has concentrated too much on tablets rather than its traditional PC base.
IDC has been consulting its tarot cards and come up with ten predictions for 2012 and one of them is doom and gloom for Windows 8 in the desktop arena.
It expects to see products hitting the market by August 2012 and possibly as early as the second quarter if Microsoft can move fast enough. But it will be greeted by a big yawn by the desktop market.
The report said that Windows 8 will be largely irrelevant to the users of traditional PCs, and no one will upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8.
The research firm didn't say why it thought that, but part of the problem would appear to be the new Metro interface. There have been dark mutterings that the touch-based UI simply doesn't work well with a mouse and keyboard.
While Windows 8 will still offer the standard desktop that users know, that is the problem. It is pretty much Windows 7 with a Metro interface that you do not need on the front.
Enterprises have already upgraded to Windows 7 or are in the middle of a migration, so Windows 8 will be a missed upgrade for them anyway.
To make matters worse, Vole is unlikely to balance the loses in upgrades with increases in mobile users, IDC thinks.
Mind you that might be expected. IDC has been at the forefront of praising everything Apple does and does not think anyone can do well in the tablet market.
It seems that IDC has forgotten that Microsoft was making tablets while Apple was making the Newton.
IDC did think that Windows Server 8 would do well thanks to its new enhancements to the Hyper-V environment, the server edition could be a good option for businesses setting up private cloud deployments.
We think that Microsoft needs to be out there dealing with this sort of poo-poo. If there's one thing we've learnt from being in the IT, it's never ignore a pooh-pooh. I knew a IT outfit, who got pooh-poohed, made the mistake of ignoring the pooh-pooh. He pooh-poohed it! Fatal error! 'Cos it turned out all along that the analyst who pooh-poohed him had been pooh-poohing a lot of other outfits who pooh-poohed their pooh-poohs. In the end, he had to move to chapter 11. Morale totally destroyed... by pooh-pooh!.
Where have we hard that before? Oh yes