Windows 8 represents the biggest change to Microsoft’s operating system since the launch of Windows 95. But how will this new software benefit your business?
There are a number of factors to consider:
A new user interface.
Windows 8 retires the long-standing Start button as the main user interface component, so there’ll be an adjustment period for new users. While Windows 7 is familiar to most of us, Windows 8 appears strange, hard to navigate and clunky when first used. This is not because the interface is deficient or the new methods of driving the operating system are not intuitive. They are just different, so if you try to use it like a Windows 7 PC your experience can be frustrating. Talk to someone who has been using Windows 8 in anger for more than a couple of weeks, however, and they will tell you that once you get used to how things work, it is actually more efficient to operate. It’s faster. It’s more powerful. It’s more flexible. It can do anything Windows 7 can do, but so much more as well.
Windows 8 is built for a mobile-web environment as well as PCs. As workforces are increasingly mobile and employees use a number of different devices, it’s going to be important to be versatile in terms of the devices you’re able to support. Windows 8 represents part of a uniform platform across pcs, tablets and mobile devices.
For best results go all the way and adopt the latest Office 2013, Sharepoint 2013, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Phone (7.x and 8). The latest products from Microsoft have a common theme across their interfaces and common technology under the hood, providing a consistent user experience and easier administration.
Dougan McMurray is the IT Manager at Brennan IT