Is Windows 8 something we should consider for our Business?
Many of our customers have been asking Logical Solutions this question. We have carried out extensive testing and have found both plus and minuses for the new operating system. The biggest plus is around overall performance and integration with Microsoft’s cloud offerings (Office 365).
What’s not so great is that unless you are using hardware specifically designed for Windows 8.X the user experience is less than ideal. The device must be touch screen and be Windows 8 aware to take advantage of many of the new features on offer.
The largest hurdle with the new operating system is the change of mind-set from a mouse based point and click environment to a partial touch / mouse environment and when to use which one. It feels a little like Microsoft have “stitched” a touch front end onto the older Windows 7 operating system.
The majority of business grade PC’s are not touch screen based and for many the change between touch and mouse modes will actually reduce productivity.
One of the other considerations we have seen is that some of your existing components within your current environment may not be Windows 8.x compliant. We have seen issues especially in the print and file sharing realm, so we believe the decision to bring the new operating system into an existing environment need to be carefully analysed.
But does that answer the question “Is Windows 8 something we should consider for our Business?“.
We found the below article regarding Windows 8 and for us it really is the largest true life indication that it is not a good choice at this moment for our business customers. We think the article speaks for itself.
Bill Gates’s first day at work in the newly created role of technology adviser got off to a rocky start yesterday as the Microsoft founder struggled for hours to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade. The installation hit a snag early on, sources said, when Mr. Gates repeatedly received an error message informing him that his PC ran into a problem that it could not handle and needed to restart.
After failing to install the upgrade by lunchtime, Mr. Gates summoned the new Microsoft C.E.O. Satya Nadella, who attempted to help him with the installation, but with no success. While the two men worked behind closed doors, one source described the situation as “tense.” “Bill is usually a pretty calm guy, so it was weird to hear some of that language coming out of his mouth,” the source said.
A Microsoft spokesman said only that Mr. Gates’s first day in his new job had been “a learning experience” and that, for the immediate future, he would go back to running Windows 7.