As Microsoft Developers, we’ve been playing with Windows 8 for several months now, so we can safely say that it is a revolution. And when we say revolution, we mean more of the French variety than the American.
What’s Wrong With Windows 8
For Microsoft’s entire history, each new operating system has been built upon the foundation of the previous version. So, if someone has been using Windows 98 for fourteen years and decided to move to Windows 7, they wouldn’t have too much trouble making the switch.
But Windows 8 is completely different. For starters, there’s no start button (though there is a program you can buy to bring it back). The task bar doesn’t provide the same easy-to-toggle between programs option like it used to. Most every aspect of the UI has lost the intuitiveness that Windows has relied upon for all of its previous versions (yes Mac users, Windows is intuitive).
To be brief, it just feels stunted
A lot of these issues have to do with Microsoft’s decision to make one single operating system for phones, tablets and computers. That means they had to create a jack-of-all trades system, which inherently labels Windows 8 as a master of none. As a full disclaimer: we haven’t tried Windows 8 on a phone or tablet yet. It does feel like it will be a solid operating system for mobile devices, at least Windows 8 Pro will be (but discussing the difference between the Pro and RT versions is another blog post altogether).
What’s Right With Windows 8
As to the reported bugs, we have found a few minor ones but nothing of the cataclysmic nature that some parts of the tech world are gossiping about. Microsoft has a solid team of talented programmers and we’re positive they will iron out all of the minor kinks with Service Package One.
All in all, Windows 8 is a bold move on Microsoft’s part. They realize that smartphones and tablets are going to play an important role in the future of IT but they are betting on the future without a cohesive thought for the present.
In summation: any office that upgrades to Windows 8 is going to have a bit of a nightmare phase instead of a honeymoon. While the programming is solid, the operating system is just too different from previous versions for a seamless transition to be possible. We suggest holding off, at least until the next generation. But, if you really want to ditch your old operating system, at least try Windows 8 on one computer before switching the whole office.
If you want to learn more about Windows 8, feel free to drop by the TechBar (where we have a laptop running Windows 8 for you to try) or simply contact us. We’re always here and ready to answer your questions.