Windows 8 is not ready for business.
The newest version of Windows Operating System family comes with a new fancy user interface with many new features that favors touch screens users but it doesn’t bring anything of real value to business.
Windows 8 has two personalities. It has a “desktop” interface, which is basically a limited version of Windows 7 and it also has the new Windows 8 interface called “Metro UI” for touch screen devices. Metro UI is designed for users who only want to check Social Media Networks, view some pictures, videos, do some search on the internet, read the News online, etc. but it’s just a useless and consuming space feature for business users who work exclusively in the desktop interface.
Windows 8 has been geared for consumers but the list of new features for business users is really short. Speed and productivity are compromised for what some businesses see as simple aesthetics.
Most Businesses need an operating system that offers security, reliability, an easy-to-use interface and helps employees increase their productivity, which means revenue. They don’t need touch gestures and a fancy UI with social media, news and other stuffs that are completely useless for a productivity environment.
Business has spent lots of money in older Windows software that they use to run critical operations. Any program that runs in Windows 7 can run on Windows 8, but only in “Desktop Mode.” Desktop mode is essentially an awkward, harder-to-use version of Windows 7 with missing features like the “Start Menu”. Why upgrade to Windows 8 and retrain your users, only to have your business applications run in a less-functional version of Windows 7.
A survey of IT professionals polled by DELL’s KACE systems management unit shows that companies who are upgrading from Windows XP are ignoring Windows 8, selecting instead the older Windows 7 operating system. On this survey, from 273 IT professionals who are upgrading from Windows XP, just 2% said they’re choosing Windows 8. The vast majority – 69% – said that they’re choosing Windows 7 instead.
Windows 7 has proven stable, reliable, relatively secure and generally easy-to-use by users. This means that businesses have the plenty of time to hold off on Windows 8 upgrades.
Microsoft is working hard to make the world learn and love Windows 8. All computer manufactures started shipping PCs with Windows 8 only. Fortunately it is easy to downgrade almost any brand new PC to Windows 7. Even better, in promotional materials on its website and email blasts, HP says it’ll start shipping PCs with Windows 7 again due to “popular demand.”
A lot of businesses are hoping that the new upcoming version Windows (probably Windows 9) is to Windows 8 what Windows 7 was to Vista: a seriously big fix.