In the “so what else is new” department we’ve got predictions of unexpected training requirements for the new Windows 8  And all this in a world where BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has become a major integration and security issue for corporate.  And theres no mention of the Office overhaul in 2007 that required substantial user training to figure out.

Microsoft has long been known for changing things, some times for the better, others for the worse.  And customers won’t be required to train anything until corporate desktop OS installs come with only Windows 8 or desktop and laptop vendors abandon integration with Windows XP and Windows 7.

To presume that corporate users haven’t seen the iPad or smartphone with a App-centric interface is also myopic in my opinion.

But time will tell.  Either we’re going to have a big win for Microsoft or else another flop.  And if history repeats itself, they are due for a flop or at least a struggle recovering from miscues.

Windows 98 – Win
Windows ME – Flop
Windows XP – Win
Windows Vista – Flop
Windows 7 – Win
Windows 8 – ???

Thanks to Shira Ovide and The Wall Street Journal
Microsoft’s Windows 8 a Turnoff for Some Corporate Users – WSJ.com