The battle to keep up with the latest tools available in the world of computers is never-ending. It seems like every other day there is an update or a new, better version or a new, improved device we must have. I’ve barely had time to get used to Windows 7 and Office 2007/2010, and it’s already months past the release of Windows 8. Maybe by the time Windows 18 comes out I’ll be about ready to move on from Windows 7.
Are you thinking of making the switch to the latest Microsoft OS? There are many differing opinions and in-depth reviews available to find online about Windows 8, and I thought I’d highlight an article that lists some pros and cons. David Murphy of pcworld.com discusses the 5 best and 5 worst features. This is a brief overview – please see the link below for the full article.
- The great unification: it provides a single login to maintain your user preferences across all devices – pc, tablet, hybrid, smartphone, or game console
- Forcing a touchy issue: touch is the cornerstone of Windows 8, pushing third-party developers to take the next big step in app creation
- Leading by (hardware) example: Microsoft’s first foray into computer manufacturing (tablet-laptop hybrid, Surface RT) may help lower prices and encourage creation of better computers
- Fearing giants promotes innovation: having joined the world of touch, Microsoft will drive innovation by directly competing with iPad and iPhone, greatly benefiting us as consumers
- Joining the app-store masses: the Windows Store makes Microsoft’s ecosystem more accessible, convenient and secure for users
- Friendly compromises that were never made: the interface for the desktop user is compromised
- Common interface, uncommon apps: lack of basic apps you would expect to find
- The sins of Windows RT: extends the reach of Windows 8 across platforms, but creates confusion among consumers
- It’s commercial time: there is no separation of commercialization from content – the sales pitch persists throughout
- Region migration: it’s difficult to switch your Microsoft account from one region to another, meaning you could be left unable to access region-locked services after you change
Read the full article posted on pcworld.com here.