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Should you upgrade to Windows 8?

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.

Advantages

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.


Disadvantages

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.

About the Author

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in and around Stirling.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more.

 

 

 

Will Windows 8 break Microsoft?

There has been a lot of talk around the internet lately about what will happen if Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 8, doesn’t take off.  The majority of the speculation surrounds what will happen to Microsoft itself if it doesn’t.  The short answer is a lot and also not a lot and below I will explain why.

Desktop

Microsoft’s is the dominant force in the world of the desktop operating system – fact.  If Windows 8 doesn’t take off would customers turn towards Apple or even Linux?  Some customers might switch to another operating system but the majority would probably switch back to Windows 7 (just like they switched back to XP when Vista flopped).  If this did happen Microsoft would continue to sell Windows 7 licenses instead and so by default increase revenues.

Tablets

This is where Windows 8 should work and work well.  I have played with Windows 8 in a virtual machine and would say it is useless on a desktop but should be pretty good as a tablet operating system.  To put it blunt it has to work here!!  Apple and Android between them have over 85% of the tablet market so if Microsoft wants a piece of the pie then Windows 8 has to work.  If not then I can’t see them competing in the future as they have been late to the party already.

Windows Phone

Again Microsoft were late to the party when it came to smartphones and their previous offerings haven’t been great. Windows 8 should be good on a smartphone but if customers don’t buy it then it could be the last hurrah for Microsoft in the smartphone market.


The Enterprise

This is Microsoft’s nest egg.  They dominate the enterprise and will probably continue to do so for quite a while.  While it is true the enterprise are looking at Windows 8 with some trepidation, if it is not for them they will revert back to Windows 7.

So to conclude.  If Microsoft 8 doesn’t take off will it break Microsoft? No.  They might have to admit defeat in the tablet and smartphone markets but their core business (business software and desktop operating systems) would still continue and with everything slowly moving to the cloud anyway there is always new opportunities.

What do you think?

About the Author

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in and around Stirling.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more.

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