Last week saw the release of Windows 8 the biggest change to to the Windows operating system since Windows 95. If you listen to all the marketing blurb it is faster, leaner and full of new features but after all the dust has settled one question still remains. Should you upgrade to Windows 8? Lets take a look.
1. New touch screen enabled interface looks bang up to date. If you do a lot of work using a tablet or smartphone then you are going to love the new interface.
2. New features like Windows To Go and Boot speed are nice inclusions.
3. You now have the same interface across multiple platforms (smartphone, tablet and PC). If you use Microsoft technologies a lot for your daily tasks this could be a huge bonus as the interface will look the same no matter what device you are using.
4. Sync all your data with the cloud. Windows 8 has been designed with the cloud in mind and Windows 8 makes it very easy to store all your data online. No more data loss when your hard drive dies (if you use it of course).
5. You can upgrade directly from Windows XP.
1. There is a steep learning curve. The interface is completely different so you will have to re-learn how to use the system. For a lot of users this will prove to much of an inconvenience.
2. Without touch screen the new interface doesn’t really work. Should work well on a tablet though.
3. Windows 8 will require new hardware to really shine.
The new interface has completely split opinion. Personally I don’t think it will work very well on a traditional laptop or PC as using a mouse seams ‘wrong’. Windows 8 has been designed for touch screens and on a system with touch screen technology it should work fine. Saying that you would have to forget most of what you already know about Windows and learn the new interface. On your Windows XP system with 1 Gb of RAM and a mouse? Um…………………………..
As for business adoption I think Microsoft is going to have problems convincing companies to upgrade to Windows 8. Companies would have to retrain users and this takes time and money which could be spent elsewhere.
So to conclude if you ‘need’ the latest Windows operating system I would go out and buy a touchscreen enabled laptop or tablet as this will bring out the best of Windows 8. If you already have a Windows 7 system which is fully functional with no issues I wouldn’t bother upgrading and if you have XP go for Windows 7 instead.
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