It seems every few years PC users are faced with the choice to stick with their previous operating system, which has just recently been fixed and running optimally, or upgrading to Microsoft’s latest operating system, which may be full of bugs and issues. Fortunately, the choice is easy when you look at Windows 8. The new operating system is easily the best of the Windows releases that Microsoft has ever made and things couldn’t be easier to install and use this time around.
One of the big concerns is the start screen on the new Windows 8. It is obviously designed to take advantage of the rising popularity in touch screen PCs and monitors, but you’ll be happy to know that the big icons that are turning people away from the new operating systems are nothing more than a simple start up screen, similar to the one that you see with Windows 7’s rotating icons and name. Once you get past this change, there is very little different to how the actual operating system works on the surface.
Behind the Scenes
This is where things really get changed up for the new OS. The new system used for Windows 8 takes advantage of DirectX to render all the windows and text that you are so familiar with. This makes the entire system run more smoothly and response times are up significantly. Internet Explorer, while not a popular browser these days runs better than ever and Microsoft Office 2013 is blazingly fast. For companies that are considering an upgrade that previous statement may push you off the fence considering the huge increase in productivity you should see.
Printers have always been a headache for PC users and Windows 8 has made huge updates to make printing things significantly easier. Windows 8 users a single class driver to take care of all the printers in the office and will ensure that you won’t need to set up every single printer individually. The printer interface has also seen a significant retooling and it is easier to understand and makes it more visual than its predecessors.
A new Storage Spaces feature also allows users to more easily handle storage areas on their drives. They can be attached to different interfaces and will be individually protected from drive failures from other drives. File History also makes backups easier to take care of, so even the less experienced PC users out there can ensure their files are safe and secure. You’ll also be happy to hear that Microsoft implemented an option to revert the system to its clean install version in case a program creates some sort of issue for the system. In addition, reverting to the clean install will keep the previous files and systems in place, so you won’t need to back and reinstall everything.
I also mentioned the touch screen focus of the start-up screen earlier, and it does need to be “touched” on here. While many touch systems are cumbersome and difficult to work with, windows 8 was built to integrate touch screen capabilities from the ground up. This means that touch screen use wasn’t just tacked on at the end of the development cycle, and the results are noticeable from the first time you use touch capabilities on Windows 8.
Finally, you’ve probably noticed that the new layout is similar to the Microsoft tablets and phones out there, and there is a good reason for this. Microsoft has created a common layout for all of their devices which will make it significantly easier to move from a PC to a tablet or a phone. You’ll be familiar with the layout on each and your productivity and ease of use will skyrocket.
Author Bio:- Jill Hardy writes for BestOnlineCollege.org, a website that is geared toward helping students enroll in classes, earn their degree and then start the best careers available.