Windows 8: First Impressions
Recently we tried Windows 8 for the first time on a few of our computers to see if it would be usable for us and to try to see advantages, disadvantages, and ultimately ways to move forward. With all of the complicated technical articles, we want to offer a simple executive summary to help you make informed decisions.
Upgrading Windows XP is an excellent idea. Too many computers in the workplace are hampered by this aging operating system. Windows XP will no longer get Microsoft Support or updates after the support end date in two years.
A problematic operating system, Windows Vista was not successful for many reasons and should be upgraded to Windows 7.
Windows 8 is at the free consumer preview stage. This temporary version has some of the features and shows some promise. Windows 7 Users without touch screens are fine with Windows 7 for years to come. Touchscreens and tablets you purchase should be Windows 8 Compatible because those devices will benefit the most in usability because of the Metro interface, featuring large, finger-friendly tiles linking to programs and features. There is a learning curve which employers will have to deal with more than with an ordinary new Windows version because there are many features now in unfamiliar places.
Other features are better handling of device drivers, more security, and web integration features. Other features may change since the current pre-release is far from the final version, according to many experts.
Upgrading to Windows 8 is not recommended yet. As soon as the final version comes out, you should. There are many Windows 8 Ready tablets you can get now with Windows 7. We are reviewing what’s in the market for 2012 and will report here soon in detail.
Best Recommendations for Businesses for Windows Version Choices Now
Right now, Windows 7 is the best choice for businesses wherever possible. Remember, the desktop life-cycle for your office computers should be two to four years. Longer time periods slow employee productivity, costing companies more than the upgrades over time. This is because old technology is slow, and it is expensive when your employees are waiting for your computer to finish tasks.
The current Windows 8 is not recommended for business until the consumer release. Best practices in business computing dictate that production computers should never run pre-release software or “beta” and “alpha” testing releases.
For help upgrading to Windows 8 Ready computers today, call us at 646-853-0573, and we will help you obtain technology at the best prices which will still be good for years.