10 Things to Consider about Windows 8

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 10-31-2012

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Where’s the Start Menu?
Employees have grown accustomed to Microsoft’s Start menu, but Windows 8 ditched that in favor of a new design. Microsoft says it will make employees more productive, but some users have found that it holds them.

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Too Many Versions
Microsoft has delivered too many versions. For corporate users, there’s Windows 8 Pro, as well as Windows 8 Enterprise for larger organizations. Windows RT will be available on many tablets. All the versions come with some features customers would like and others they wouldn’t.

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The Interface Is Tough
Windows 8’s interface has proven tough to understand. For example, when trying to switch from one window to another, users have said they can’t figure out where the original window went.

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Apps With ARM-Based Windows RT
Want to run corporate apps on a Surface running Windows RT? Think again. The operating system is designed to run on ARM-based chips, but legacy apps are not, so the apps won’t run on those devices.

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The Learning Curve Is Steep
The learning curve is too steep. Those who have used the platform says it takes too long to feel comfortable using Windows 8, let alone proficient.

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Productivity Will Slip
If Windows 8 is drastically redesigned and employees have a hard time figuring out basic functions, that will result in a reduction in their ability to complete their work.

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The Myth of Guaranteed Security
Microsoft says Windows 8 is far more secure than previous versions, and some folks have said that Windows Defender will be all users need. Such promises breed one thing: more security issues.

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App Support
Microsoft’s application store in Windows 8 leaves much to be desired. Although there are some consumer programs, enterprise users will find few digital versions of their favorite programs.

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Vendor Support
Nearly all vendors have signed up to deliver products running Windows 8. However, few have made any promises of better corporate computers running the software. That should change early next year.

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Watch Your Budgets
With Windows 8 requiring more resources to work properly, it’ll likely force CIOs to invest in  new equipment to get the operating system running the way it must. That could then result in strained budgets.

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