Scared of Windows 8? Don't Be...
30th September 2013
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Windows 8 offers a fantastic new experience, with an interface that is designed to suit all levels and styles of learning. It is very responsive, with some great integrated features and good dual functionality navigation.

 

With desktops and laptops, the  Fast Boot and Secure Boot features - as well as the dual interface functionality  - will probably be the main factor driving your decision to upgrade to Windows  8. And when it comes to your natural hardware refresh, Windows 8 is definitely  the way to go. However, bear in mind that some key functionality is not  available through a simple upgrade of the operating system on existing  hardware.

 

The big noise around the Windows 8 launch involves touch-enabled devices like Microsoft's own super-slick Surface. But Windows 8 is great news for regular desktop and laptop users. Here's 10 reasons why...

 

1. It's Cheap

Well, by Microsoft's standards, at least. If you've got almost any kind of legit Windows installation, from XP onwards, it's yours for £99.99.

 

2. It's less confusing for PC users.

For PC users, it's very straight forward. There's none of the Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Business or Ultimate nonsense. It's just Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro. Simple.

Windows 8 Metro

 

3. Quicker boot times

It boots quicker from cold and in most cases resumes are almost instantaneous.

It's all a result of the fact that Windows 8 is optimised for ultra mobile devices. That also explains why Windows is simply...

 

4. Faster all round

On any given box, Windows 8 runs better than Windows 7. That's quite something when you consider that Windows 7 also runs faster than Windows Vista.

Designed to run on tablets and ultra books, Windows 8 is lean and mean, and that means it'll fly on a traditional desktop or laptop machine.

 

5. Better battery life

Once again, those ultra mobile optimisations will pay dividends for conventional laptops. Slap Windows 8 on your existing portable PC and there's a very good chance you'll see better battery life.

Ok, you do lose some of the more resource-hungry features from Windows 7, including the Aero Glass interface, but you gain a whole lot more, which brings us to...

 

6. It looks better, too

When it comes to the traditional desktop part of the Windows 8 interface, Microsoft has realised that less is more. Gone are the complex transparencies and drop shadows. In comes a cleaner, simpler interface that's kinder on the eye and will likely age very gracefully. Of course, there's also the new Modern UI which effectively means you get...

 

7. Two operating systems for the price of one

OK, more like a second user interface rather than full additional operating system. And much of the time, the Modern UI is just plain infuriating on a non-touch device.

But it is a completely different experience and when it works – and that does happen occasionally with keyboard and mouse – it's thoroughly refreshing. Of course, Modern UI also comes with a set of funky, built-in apps...

 

8. Those touch-enabled Modern UI apps

Your mileage will vary, but there's a good chance you'll like using at least some of the pre-baked Modern UI apps with your keyboard and mouse / track pad. The Mail, Calendar and People apps, for instance, look great and are slick and simple to use.

 

9. Internet Explorer is pretty good

Speaking of slick and simple, you could say the same of Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8.

There's native flash support and new features like Flip Ahead, which helps navigate long web pages, and automatic updates.

OK, you're probably going install the browser du jour, be that Chrome or Firefox, on your home PC. But if you have to use IE, perhaps on a corporate box, it's far from the bane it used to be.

 

10. Improved security and data recovery

Security. It's perhaps Windows' biggest problem. Heavy lies the crown of operating system ubiquity.

Any who, Windows 8 at least has addressed that with standard anti-virus in the form of Windows Defender. The Push Button Reset also allows you to return your PC to factory fresh condition in minutes without losing settings and data.

Storage Spaces, meanwhile, is essentially a more user friendly data mirroring option to replace clunky old RAID arrays. And File History back ups give you access to old versions of files. Not a bad list of extras, we're sure you'll agree.

 

In conclusion, don't be scared! Windows 8 is the best thing to happen to home computing since the invention of Wi-Fi!

 

For more information about Windows 8, or to arrange an upgrade or advice, please contact Shaun Prince on 07563 441261, www.shaunprince.com!

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Shaun Prince

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Shaun is a qualified professional working in the IT Industry. Since 2012, he has worked closely with both Businesses and Individuals to consult and advise on how IT can be used to improve work productivity...

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