Windows 8 and New Ways of Working
Even though it seems that Windows 7 is still new, Windows 8 will be released on October 26, 2012.
The first thing that you will notice about Windows is that it emphasizes the applications. The Start Button has been replaced by the Start Screen. The Start Screen is an entire screen covered in tiles representing the applications that are installed. You access the Start Screen by hovering over the lower-left-hand corner of the screen. From the Start Screen you will see all of your programs, access to the control panel, and a link named “Desktop” which closes the Start Screen, returning the user to the Desktop. What applications can you run on Windows 8? Most of the Windows 7 64 bit compatible applications on the Market and some of the 32 bit will run just fine on Windows 8. Developers are also hustling to get their Windows applications ready by getting the Windows 8 Certified by Microsoft.
If you have a touch-screen for your desktop PC, tablet, or notebook, you will see that the interface is designed to take full advantage of touch-screen capabilities. The Start Screen is very amenable to use by touch-screen, because the program icons are finger-tip sized on a small screen and up to only an inch or so on a large monitor. Windows can be resized by dragging the corners, and they can be moved with the user’s fingers as well.
There are notable security features that will interest the business owners seeking to lower their liability exposure. The first and most important is the built-in anti-virus capabilities of the Operating System. The second is a secure-boot feature, which requires the operating system software to be digitally signed, to prevent the introduction of malware.
A small and energy-efficient processor not as powerful as the Pentium processors we have all been using for years, the ARM processor is about to make news because of Windows 8. Windows 8 RT is a new edition of Windows created specifically for the ARM processor. This opens up a whole new set of possibilities in laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices.
At our office we have tested both Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, which is the server edition of Windows 8. We are excited about the new system, it certainly has a lot to offer the business world, but it also is of interest to consumers who are in the market for tablets. We thought that the performance was just like it was with Windows 7, but that the interface was far superior to Windows 7.
When you’re ready to take your business to the next level with Windows 8, it is time to give the Web and I a call. Because with all of the versions available for Windows 8, the best one with the most features suited to business and not to entertainment is Windows 8 Enterprise Edition. The Enterprise Edition is not available in stores, you have to call on Microsoft Partners like us to get it through an agreement with Microsoft. Call us right away at 646-853-0573.