Is Windows 8 Any Good?
Microsoft has recently released their new operating system called Windows 8. This new platform is different compare to previous versions such as Xp and Windows 7. If the new user interface will make old Windows fans disappointed is hard to tell, but I have been using Windows for exactly 20 years now, and I actually don’t think that the new Windows platform is that bad. Windows 8 looks like a tablet or Smartphone OS and it’s developed for touch screens and fast access to applications and personal files and settings.
One thing that I don’t like, is that there’s no way to boot directly into the desktop. It’s not hard to access the desktop but in Windows 8 we always land on the new Start screen, and have to click our way to the desktop from there. I think that Microsoft wants us to get familiar with the new interface, and the Start screen is not a desktop replacement, only a launch pad. If you like your iPad or Android tablet, you will also like Windows 8. I like what I see so far but I am not impressed.
Another thing you have to keep in mind if you decide to get Windows 8, is that your computer need to have enough power. When I compare W7 with W8, W7 runs faster and that is a bit strange because my computer is not that old. So if you have a computer that’s a couple of years old, you might have to consider a hardware upgrade. Another good thing is that I haven’t experienced any system freezes or crashes yet, with Vista I had a frozen screen only hours after I did install it.
If you run Windows 7, Xp or Vist, you can upgrade to Windows 8 without having to go through the complete installation process. But it’s important that you check if your software programs and hardware is compatible with Windows 8. Some computer drivers might be missing so you must make sure that your current programs and devices work with Windows 8 before you upgrade, make sure that you also backup your files before you upgrade. Many programs online is still not compatible with Windows 8, so it’s a good idea to wait before you install it.
I think that many users will have a hard time in the beginning to get familiar with the new interface. It’s not that straight forward, because you can’t just click Start and access all the programs. The new Smartphone looking Start screen will certainly make some Windows fans really angry, and to not be able to turn off the Start screen is a big mistake and I hope that Microsoft will fix this in future updates. I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to integrate a tablet looking OS with a desktop OS, only the future will tell us if that was a good thing or not.
Windows 8 is not a bad operating system, but I will run Windows 7 for years to come on my main computer and only use Windows 8 on my laptop, just to get used to it. Windows 8 looks ok on a tablet and if you use a touch screen, it might be a good choice. But most Windows users don’t have touch screens, so there’s no need to get Windows 8 right now!