I understand why aesthetically Microsoft has to remove the Start button, but this is going to cause no end of grief when it comes to retraining users comfortable with Windows 7 or earlier versions. Now couple this with the trend permitting healthcare staff to bring their own devices to work, a trend accelerated by the iPad. More and more of those devices in 2013 will be running Windows 8, as Microsoft starts leaning on computer makers to ship Windows 8 as the default operating system. Based on a marketing blitz, those BYODers who don't get Windows 8 will start mailing in those $15 coupons for the upgrade.
It gets worse. There will be a version of Windows 8 for tablet computers running the ARM processor. But those tablets will only run new-style Metro applications. Older Win32 pull-down-menu applications won't even run on those tablets, but they will run on tablets powered by Intel processors. I'm not saying those applications will look good or run well on tablets, but some will and some won't. Did I mention that all these different operating systems are called "Windows"? Are you confused yet?
It's all good news for the iPad, in my opinion. At HealthLeaders Media, our coverage of the iPad in healthcare attracts huge readership numbers. But there are so many Windows users out there, and so many devices running Windows, that there is bound to be some grassroots adoption of Windows 8 in healthcare.