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Windows 8 Review

Blog by Tony Hogan - 1/11/2012

Microsoft have officially released Windows 8. Most new computers will now come pre-installed with the new Operating system and most of the retailers are heavily promoting it. So, here’s a rundown of what is touted to be Microsoft’s make or break OS.

Windows 8 Summary

  • No start button and big tiles replace icons
  • Same Operating System for Desktops, Laptops and Tablets
  • Touch screen enabled, including desktops and laptops
  • Tablets can connect to printers, scanners, camera's etc
  • Tablets can run the same software as your desktop computer including MYOB, Office, Photoshop etc
  • New business features may need an upgrade to server 2012
  • Takes a while to get used to, but it's pretty good.

Windows 8, the Pretty Clever Review

Windows 8 is different. For those that are comfortable with Windows 7, prepare to get uncomfortable, at least for a short while. Windows 8 takes a bit of getting used to, with no start button and big tiles instead of icons. But once you do get used to it, it’s quite good and easy to get around.

Windows 8

Microsoft will be using the same OS across all their devices including phones, tablets, laptops and desktops. All devices will have the option of a “touch” interface, this means you can use your fingers on your laptop and desktop (if you have a touch enabled screen). All the major brands have already released Windows 8 laptops with touch screens, as well as having a mouse and keyboard.

With Windows 8, Microsoft have also rolled out the Apps store (sound familiar?). You can now download apps for your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop, directly from the store and install it on up to 5 devices that you own. This is great for home users, but I’m not so sure how it will go in the business arena, especially if you have staff downloading hundreds of apps (including games and social media apps) onto their work computer.

Indeed, most of the changes in Windows 8 seem to be geared at getting back some market share from Apple and Google and targeting the home user market. However, there are a few new items for the business owner – if you upgrade your server to Windows 2012. You can control what apps are installed and run, and easily deploy the ones you want on each computer. Your staff can now bring their own computers in and run a “work copy” of Windows 8 on a USB stick. Just as phones have become “bring your own”, it looks like computers will go down the same path.

Now what about tablets? The interface on the Windows 8 tablet is exactly the same, which makes it easy to learn (once you’ve got used to one device), and because it’s the FULL operating system, you can run all the same apps, including Office, Photoshop, MYOB etc. You can also install printers and scanners. This is a BIG advantage over others.

Overall, Windows 8 looks good and well worth a look at if you’re thinking of buying a new computer or tablet.

If you would like more information or a demo, just give the Pretty Clever team a call.

Tony Hogan
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