There’s been an undercurrent of media reports over the last few days that corporations are not going to snap up Windows 8, that companies are only now still working in Windows 7, a great operating system. This may be true, however, in taking a closer look at Windows 8, I believe there are three main features that it brings in which might make it very appealing and worth the upgrade for businesses (including small businesses) to consider.
Before I dive into the reasons, I do think that the growth of online applications makes it less and less important OVERALL which operating system you use on your computer – be it Mac or Windows. In my own little world, I’m increasingly only opening up a web browser to access all the software I need.
I still heavily rely on Microsoft Powerpoint and Intuit Quickbooks – and they remain the only two desktop applications I have. Why have I not moved to Prezi and Sliderocket (for presentations) or Quickbooks online or Xero – eventually I just might.
The FIRST big reason that it might worth it to switch to Windows 8, is the touch features and tile features built into and natively supported in Windows 8.
We’ve grown up using our mouse and keyboard to control our computers. When Apple launched the iPhone and subsequent iPad, it birthed an entire generation of finger interaction with technology. We all have gotten quite used to and comfortable with touch.
Windows 8 is all about touch. Until you experience a few minutes of a “touch” computer you don’t realize how easy and practical it is to use.
Imagine being able to effortlessly touch every aspect of your computer to open programs, slide panels and more. Imagine being able to scroll through dozens of new emails, on our computer, as you do on your smartphone.
Sure, there have been MANY touch computers and big screens around – for years. However, Windows 8 is built from the ground up to be a “touch based” operating system.
The SECOND reason that Windows 8 should be considered is its living tiles of rich information. Instead of looking at a cluttered and quite useless desktop, Windows 8 has tiles that can be populated with new information – email alerts, photos and more. When you look at your desktop in Windows 8 – it’s a dashboard of data/information/content that’s useful to you.
THIRDLY, you’ll find that Windows 8 is built to run apps. Microsoft is investing a lot of time and money to nurture an ecosystem of developers who can build apps for Windows 8 mobile (competing head to head with Apple iPad and Google Android devices) and that also work within the Windows 8 desktop environment.
I’m not advocating that you RUSH out and buy Windows 8 TODAY. I am advocating that you seriously consider if Windows 8 is indeed an operating system that will bring increased productivity to your business.
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