Posts Tagged ‘Windows 8’

Make Windows 8 look like Windows 7

Since Windows 8 is being pushed over much of the retail and online offerings, a new market has arisen and developers have rushed to fill the void.  That being a way to make Windows 8 look and feel more like Windows 7.

Enter Start8 by Stardock, and there are some others.  www.stardock.com

Basically what it does is get rid of the cellphone-like main screen of Windows 8 and give you back the Start Menu you’ve known for a decade or more.

At $4.99 it’ll pay for itself in about 5-10 minutes of your wasted time.  You can then explore the new features at your leisure and avoid the frustration when you’re trying to get business done.

Windows 8 does have some nice performance enhancements and it’s a move into the future of computing (along with the introduction of solid state drives), but for small and medium businesses, that a topic for a later time.

Happy computing!

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Windows 8 Review

Businesses are being understandably hesitant to adopt Windows 8.  The look and feel is changed completely with the Metro interface, seems like you’re looking at your cell phone on a large screen.  Consumers of course are being funneled into the role of beta-testers for Microsoft’s latest operating system.

Def: Beta-tester – Yeah, the product isn’t ready for prime time but it’ll be cheaper for us to force it on the retail market and have them find out the flaws we have to fix so business will buy it.

So just like Vista wasn’t ready, and the IT world heaved a sigh of relief when Windows 7 came out, it appears we might be reliving history with Windows 8 and will rejoice when Windows 9 arrives on the scene.  And for those of you old enough to go to a bar on your own, you might remember a similar episode with Windows Millennium in the antagonist role.  Is there a pattern here?

Some estimates show that even as late as mid-2012, Windows 7 had been adopted by just over half of small to medium businesses.  In the large enterprise market, Windows XP still dominates maybe as high as 80%.

Our recommendation: wait until at least 2014 to trust Windows 8 with your business health.

Happy computing!

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Windows 8 – 2 Days & Counting!

Windows 8 is in the midst of the flurry of being released to the market.  That means new PCs in two days from now will be offering Windows 8 by default.  Windows users who bought PCs since June will be able to upgrade for $15.  But only until the end of January!

The biggest change in our view is twofold:

1)      Just like smartphones, Windows 8 is going to be “touchable”.  Slide, drag, push, zoom, etc., this version will have that.  Good and bad.  Just keep an ample supply of screen cleaner nearby.

2)      The theoretical push is to make interacting with your “device” more intuitive.  This is kind of a squishy term for taming your wild computer.  It should behave the way you want it to, without much extra teaching or learning.

Cool, we like change, innovation, but we have one caveat that should make chiropractors very happy:   Laptops, tablets and smartphones are ergonomically incorrect.  Generally speaking, unless situated on a desktop at a high enough eye level they cause the user to look down.  We won’t even address the concept of keyboarding on a compressed keyset.  (think carpal tunnel syndrome) .  Add to that the physical reach necessary to touch the screen and we’re not certain this is an improvement.  Except if people are no longer sitting at a desk but maybe at a standing desk where movement of the whole body is much better.  We consider this to be a good thing.

In any case, business users you should wait at least six months to consider this technology. In our experience there are no benefits worth considering Windows 8 before a year’s time.  You don’t really want to be the guinea pigs for a “new and improved” product now, do you?

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