Following the unveiling of Windows 8 an explosion of reviews, rumors and opinions spread all over the Internet. Enterprises are, no doubt, looking at the new OS and understand that upgrading to newer software versions is never easy. The whole process must be planned and looked at from different perspectives.
It looks like Microsoft is very confident and is encouraging enterprises to seriously consider upgrading to Windows 8. But industry experts seem to believe that the new operating system will face some problems in being accepted by IT professionals.
One of the reasons enterprises are refraining from migrating to Windows 8 is the fact that many companies have just finished, or are in the midst of, upgrading to Windows 7 from Windows XP. Rolling out a new OS is a very complex process that involves a lot of planning and time, not to mention budget, so it is understandable for organizations aren’t jumping to Windows 8.
Another problem that may make Windows 8 not so business-friendly is that some say that it is not optimized for workplace productivity. Even if Windows 8 also has the option of using a Windows 7 like interface there are IT professionals who think that toggling between the two is inconvenient and unwieldy.
Microsoft officials say that the new OS “is enterprise-ready by design” and that the new user interface is intuitive and easy to use no matter if on a touch screen device or a traditional one, being perfectly fitted to work in a world in which mobility has become a need, not an option.
Here are some features of Windows 8 that businesses may benefit:
- Support for tablets and desktops: Windows 8 will incorporate both a Metro style interface that’s optimized for touch screens and a classic desktop interface;
- Possibility to run on existing hardware: this is an option that helps companies avoid extra costs for new equipment;
- Enhanced architecture: the star of this newest version is the universal sharing feature.
- Significantly faster boot-up: tests revealed that the approximate timing from pushing the start button until full load of the desktop interface is 8 seconds;
- App store included: very useful especially for small businesses;
There are countless opinions on how and whether companies should go for Windows 8. No matter what, one thing is certain: upgrading is impossible to avoid. Sooner or later enterprises must upgrade to the latest technological improvements in order to make sure that they benefit of the best existing features and enhanced productivity. Every company should decide when is the right time to deploy a new technology and pay attention to the planning part as it is the most important stage of the whole process.