Windows 8 has been out since October of this year and there’s been a lot of buzz regarding the major top-to-bottom overhaul that Microsoft has performed to Windows.  It uses a completely new interface, once called Metro… but now is being referred to as “Windows 8 Design Style” (not sure if that name will stick or not seeing as Microsoft has been fickle with their name choices lately – Hotmail anybody…Hotmail?).

Currently you can upgrade to Windows 8 for about $40 via their download site HERE.

You will find that Windows 8 presents the user with a new and racy User Interface (UI) and some new/upgraded features … But when it comes to your business environment the KLH team recommends waiting before jumping on Windows 8 bandwagon.  As for new hardware deployments Windows 7 will continue to be offered on business class PC’s and Laptops by the major manufactures, industry speculation tells us roughly 3-5 more years of Windows 7.

Now if you’re a trend-setter and or just need the newest thing now, KLH will of course continue to support and service this newly offered O/S.

From the smallest interaction with the new O/S you will quickly find the learning curve can be steep for some and the overall functionality is more tablet oriented than PC friendly.  Regardless if you decide to upgrade or not below we’ve compiled a list of some of the new things you can expect from Windows 8:

System Requirements:

1 GHz processor (or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2)

2 GB RAM / 20 GB available of hard disc space

1366 x 768 screen resolution

DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver

New User Interface: As we mentioned above, Microsoft has completely redone the User Interface for Windows 8 to a new UI utilizing the use of tiles as opposed to folders.  They say that the new UI is more intuitive than Windows 7, but upon playing with it we found that was not exactly the case when using Windows 8 on a PC – it was a bit clumsy to be honest.  There are new shortcuts you have to learn in order to get to where you want to go, there is a lot of moving your curser to the edge of the screen to reveal a hidden toolbar or button that you may or may not have known was there; there is no longer a start button; the UI is app based, so the transition from going from your basic desktop “app” (Word, Outlook, etc) to the newer modern apps (weather, gaming, store)  is not smooth at all. They’ve also implemented a new functionality called the “Charm Bar” which is a universal toolbar where you will find: Search, Share, Start, Devices, Settings and Shutdown.  The “Charm Bar” can be useful when it’s not getting in your way of doing other tasks.

The positives:

Can run two apps side-by-side

VHD Enhanced – VHDX (improves performance and can extend the maximum harddrive space from 2TB to 16 TB.

Windows HyperV is built-in

Faster boot up time

Mount ISO images are built in

Windows Defender Antivirus is built in

Improve multi-monitor support

The Conclusion:

The truth of the matter is that if you’re using Windows 8 on a tablet… such as the newly released Surface, you’ll probably love it.  But utilizing the same type of UI on a PC just doesn’t work like it should.  These days we need things to work right away without having to read an instruction manual first.  We just want to “get it”.

We’ll have a basic training tutorial on the new functionalities of Windows 8 in the very near future.  As soon as we have it we’ll post it here.

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