The wait for Windows 8 is finally over! Microsoft officially launched the newest version of the popular operating system today leaving current Windows users with a decision to make on whether or not to upgrade. There are a lot of significant changes Windows 8 has introduced which will primarily improve the Windows experience on mobile devices. Most PC users are currently using Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 but that will soon change as one-third of those people upgrade to Windows 8 in the near future.
When a new product is released there are always early adopters that pave the way for those who might be on the fence. According to a poll conducted by CNet.com, one-third of respondents plan to upgrade to Windows 8. Out of over 3,000 people who responded to the poll over 1,000 of respondents voted that they would be upgrading to Windows 8 because it is fresher and more modern than its predecessors.
Close behind the early adopters were those who were still on the fence about upgrading to the new operating system. Nearly 1,000 voters responded that they might upgrade, but they are happy with the version of Windows they are currently using.
Some respondents (22%) were clear that they definitely would not be upgrading to Windows 8 because they do not want to have to learn how to use it. Software is released so rapidly these days that it seems by the time a user learns how to use a new version there is a newer version being released, so it is definitely understandable that some people do not want to have to learn how to use a new version when they have only recently learned how to use the version they are currently using.
The popular opinion amongst people who are considering upgrading is that Windows 8 will be a great improvement for mobile devices but it is not a necessity for desktop computers. People who have left desktops and laptops behind in exchange for tablets will be able to experience all Windows 8 has to offer on the newest tablet to hit the market, Microsoft Surface. Those who will not be buying the Surface tablet can still get the most out of their Windows based mobile devices by upgrading their operating system.
All major retailers are selling the various versions of Windows 8 that are available and some are even offering great deals to get consumers to upgrade. For example, Amazon is offering a $30 promotional credit through October 27, 2012 as well as free super saver shipping in addition to a 66% discount on the purchase of Windows 8 Pro version.
If the poll taken by CNet holds true then one-third of current Windows users will be upgrading or have already upgraded. Those users will likely be followed by another 30% of users who are on the fence as long as there are no major problems that need to be ironed out. Will you be upgrading to Windows 8? Let me know in the comments section below this article.