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October 29, 2012

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Widows 8 is a major step forward in the evolution of Windows operating systems. If you have concerns about the new User Interface, use your favorite search engine to check out "Windows 8 tips and tricks."

There are many useful tips available; e.g.

- How to configure your PC to bypass the "Metro Interface" and boot directly to the desktop.

- Set up task bar icons to reboot, hibernate or shutdown your PC with one click.

Note: In order to leverage one of Windows 8's new security feature's "Secure Boot", you will need a motherboard that supports UEFI (Universal Extensible Firmware Interface).
See: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/jj737995.aspx

Is there a learning curve associated with Windows 8? Yes.
Is the learning curve onerous? No.
Are there a compelling reasons to move to Windows 8? Yes, especially if secure and reliable information systems are a critical part of your business infrastructure.

Technology has a good point in industrial field. Yes, windows 8 is officially out. It's really beneficial for desktop users. It's time to upgrade.

I have installed three windows 8 computers at our firm so far. I have been running 8 at home since beta. It took me some time to get used to windows 8, but I really enjoyed it. Everything seemed to work just fine and my vista era laptop was faster than ever. After my experience I didn't think it would be a big deal to most people to go to 8, but then after reading these FUD reviews, I was fearful that some of the changes would throw users off a cliff. There have been some confused moments, but for the most part it's not a big deal. I think people are over hyping this windows 8 learning curve. Mount Everest? Who is really being lazy here, Microsoft or the nay sayers?

That said my plan is that anyone on 7 is staying with 7, but anyone on vista is getting 8. The cost to upgrade to 8 is cheaper than 7 and I can add in a new SSD. A colleague of mine is doing the same thing. The result is vista era hardware (except the SSD) that flies on 8. Users may balk a little at first at the new interface, but they don't complain about their computer performance. For the most part they have their desktop with their pinned programs on the taskbar just like windows 7 and don't ever venture out into metro land.

I agree Windows 8 is not going to be recommended by me to any of my small business clients seeking information technology support or advice. I would tell them to stay with windows 7 professional for now.

I tell any personal computer users that ask about Windows 8 if they like to learn new things ;) get 8.

As an IT manager, I consider myself a Windows "power user," and so I decided to install Windows 8 on a spare machine just to see how it actually is. Well, after using it for just a few minutes I can say that my experience matches all of the "bad" reviews out there. There are many technical "under the hood enhancements" that come with each new version of Windows (i.e. faster boot times, USB 3.0 support, etc.), but the user interface is just maddening to use. The "Desktop app" is safe enough, but most of the time you are forced to deal with the new "Metro" interface and apps. So many actions that I used to take for granted are now hidden within Metro... just ask someone how to reboot the system! Even worse, despite Microsoft hyping the "just seach" feature of the Start Screen, it does not search things like the control panel (at least not without using precise wording). Even then, it just throws you back into the "old" style Desktop apps. Seriously, most of the Windows control panel dialogs have been carried over since Windows 2000. What's the point of this slick new touch-oriented interface if you still have to use old non-touch interfaces?

My take is that Microsoft simply got lazy or ran out of time on Windows 8. They really should have redesigned every single dialog so that the entire system uses Metro and Desktop is only used for running older user-installed apps. Instead we get this half baked mess of old vs new. There is no way I will deploy Windows 8 across my company and subject myself and users to such pain.

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