Windows 8: Should You Make the Switch?

Microsoft are a much loved ethical company. They’re all about innovating for the new decade and giving their absolute best effort to new creations. Windows 8 is their most recently released operating system, and it’s an opportunity for you to use tried and true computer software updated for a new decade…but is it all it’s cracked up to be? It’s time to lay out the specs, and put this new operating system to the test.

Mobile compatibility

Windows 8 can be used on desktops, laptops, tablets and home theatre PCs. The focus this time around was on improving its mobile compatibility, so that it can rival Android and iOS. That was the name of the game and they’ve been largely successful, with the statement being made that the iPad would feel immediately out of date. However functionality and basicness of included apps is to its detriment.

Features

This new technology uses USB 3.0, UEFI firmware, near field communications, cloud computing, ARM architecture, malware filtering and built-in antivirus capabilities. The installation process is perfect for digital distribution and is totally secure.

Interface

The Windows 8 was not very well-received. Hot corners and edge swiping made possible by the Edge UI system were difficult to navigate and figure out. Little to no instructions means that these functions are discovered on a try-as-you-go basis. You experiment and find out what works, which is not the best way to run an interface. However, as it is easily customized, it can often be a better fit for people with highly specific needs.

Online

Users can now log into to Windows with a Microsoft account, due to integration with its online services – you can now access all these services and easily sync apps and settings between a number of devices. Much like Macquarie Telecom helps businesses with their cloud hosting needs, Skydrive cloud storage can keep all your data in one place, plus you can use Xbox products bundled with multimedia apps for music, video and for gaming. Other bundled apps link to social media. And mobile broadband? There’s more support.

Appearance

Windows 8 boasts a new Start screen reminiscent of touchscreen interfaces like the Windows Phone. You’re meant to start using it that way, even playing with the Windows Store to buy new apps. Tiles that are often updated represent these applications on the start screen. There is no more Start menu. However, people were not so impressed – it’s a bit confusing, and is not as conducive to keyboard and mouse functionality as its former versions. It’s geared to the touchscreen.

Are you convinced? If so, pick up your copy of Windows 8 at a computer goods store near you – the upgrade cost is relatively affordable. It might be worth updating your operating system for the 21st century, but keep in mind that for Windows 8 to work to its full capability, it’s best to have it synced across all your tech products.

Nicola Carlisle loves Windows 8’s SkyDrive capabilities – now she can use that for her personal cloud storage, and Macquarie Telecom for her business cloud hosting.