Running a business in 2013 is almost impossible without a robust ICT system behind you. But with computers and technology changing all the time, it can be difficult to make the right decision for you and your company.
If it’s time to upgrade your business computers, you will probably be asking yourself if you should upgrade to Windows 8.
The much anticipated upgrade to Microsoft computers; Windows 8 was under pressure to win back the users that had been lost to Apple. But when it was launched in October 2008, Windows 8 didn’t wow consumers or businesses.
The new operating system was designed four touch-screen computers and tablets, leaving traditional desktop users feeling a little disappointed. Now seven months old – and with a rumoured update arriving soon – is Windows 8 the best option for your business? Here, we take a look at the pros and cons:
In the world of business today, you need to be able to work remotely. You need to be able to access all your files quickly, easily, and completely; wherever you are, you want a computer system that makes this easy. This is perhaps the biggest plus of Windows 8.
The operating system is mobile friendly too, meaning you can work from your mobile if you don’t have a laptop computer available. And you don’t have to worry about your data, as Windows 8 has increased security and will keep your data safe wherever you access it from.
Improving productivity in the workplace is extremely important for business owners. With increased duel-monitor support, Windows 8 might just be the operating system for you. Working across two or more screens can take its toll on older computers. With Windows 8 installed, using duel-monitors is simple, and can really improve your business productivity.
Finally, Windows 8 has built on the capabilities of its predecessor making for a more flexible operating system. Users are able to configure their screens and taskbars to highlight the applications they use the most. This is clearly beneficial for businesses, as it allows individuals to customise their computers to their specific job roles.
Despite these pros, there are a lot of high profile problems with Windows 8. The first being that your current computers might not be able to support the operating system; if they’re over two-years-old, in particular.
Another major flaw of Windows 8 is that it’s designed for touch. If you’re planning on only using tablets or computers with a touch-screen functionality then it’s fine. If, like most companies, you’ll be using traditional desktops you might run into problems.
The ‘metro-style’ start screen is clunky and difficulty to use, and there is no straight-forward ‘shut down’ option. Combine these with the clumsy screen settings, and you might find that even the most basic computing tasks are a challenge to complete. Most business computing tasks are designed for mouse-and-keyboard use; the touch-ready design just doesn’t compliment this.
The final decision
Research has shown that many businesses still prefer to use Windows 7; which could be a sign that Windows 8 is just not designed for business use. With a number of key features, this operating system may prove beneficial in some corporate settings though, so it is worth trying it out.
Be sure to assess your business needs against the system capability, to make an informed decision. For many businesses though, the choice is clear. If you want to be seen as a modern company; you need to be using the latest software – no matter how clumsy it may first appear.