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Firms unlikely to quickly adopt Win 8: Acer founder

TAIPEI--Most businesses will most likely wait a while before adopting Microsoft Corp.'s new Windows operating system, scheduled for launch this month, the founder of Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. said yesterday.

"For such a big event, it will be examined and discussed by people. It will not happen in just one month or one quarter," Stan Shih said when asked about the business sector's adoption of Windows 8, at the opening of a consumer center in Taipei.

Although there will be some early tryouts of the new Windows version, many companies will prefer to adopt the operating system at a slower pace, he said.

If businesses adopt Windows 8 in a hurry, their suppliers and employees will find it hard to adjust to the new system, Shih said.

His comments were in line with a Reuters report on Monday that said most companies would not go for Windows 8 too soon.

Many businesses have no compelling reason to adopt the touch-friendly Windows 8, which will be officially launched on Oct. 26, since a large number of them still use legacy products such as Windows 7 and Windows XP, the report said.

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