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Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system is gearing up to be the most controversial product in technology this year. With its release just around the corner in late October, many of your large PC makers are sure to start offering Windows 8 with their new systems. Purchasing a computer with Windows 8 may be a relaxing, fun task in your home, but what about your business? With Microsoft owning roughly 90% of the market share of computer operating systems, Windows 8 is a decision not to be taken lightly. In this article, we will discuss some of the pros and cons we found with Microsoft’s latest version.
Windows 8 Pros:
Finally, your office can stop paying for antivirus software. Windows 8 will be the first version to include built-in virus protection. This can lead to huge savings in larger offices that have yearly antivirus subscriptions. Windows Defender is a protection option that anyone can download from Microsoft’s website for free, very similar to what Windows 8 will include. If your office chooses to stay with subscription products such as Symantec or Trend Micro, Windows 8 will be smart enough to automatically turn off its virus protection.
Synchronizing technology is the future of business. Windows 8 provides a consistent experience across multiple computers and devices with online synchronization. After you log in to your computer with a Windows Live ID, you can “carry around” many of your settings. Desktop themes, browser favorites, security settings, and personal settings are just a few features that you can view by logging your Live ID into another Windows 8 computer.
Windows 8 Cons:
Windows 8 was designed for tablets. The organized start menu that you have been clicking on since 1995 has now turned into a sea of oversized shortcuts. These large icons work out great for your finger and touch screens, but your business still contains the traditional keyboard and mouse. Microsoft is trying to make an operating system that can be used across all devices, but it seems that more work needs to be done before the experience is enjoyable on every device.
The biggest problem businesses will face against Windows 8 is themselves. Microsoft is introducing changes with Windows 8 on an unprecedented scale. Many businesses are still migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7. Imagine your workplace running three totally different operating systems on a daily basis. Given the difficulties, many small businesses have been struggling with employees interfacing with new technology. Therefore, integrating Windows 8 into the office will be a challenge many IT administrators are not looking forward to.
Our recommendation is to wait a year before adopting Windows 8 into your office. This time will allow your employees to experience Windows 8 at home on their own time. During that year, many other businesses will have the chance to work out the bugs and upgrade problems that Microsoft’s updates should address. For any questions regarding Windows 8, or business technology, feel free to contact Errol at Hinsdale Magazine.
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