The new Microsoft Windows 8 operating systems is on the market and is raising questions all across the PC world. Microsoft has had a dwindeling share of computing devices on the market thanks to Apple and Android devices gaining such popularity. Where they used to have 90% of all devices connected to the internet just a few years ago, they now hold 2/3 of the market share. This is a definite concern for Microsoft and its investors.
In an attempt to rebrand themselves as a company that has mobile computing in its sights, Microsoft has been hard at work on revamping the Windows operating system to be desktop and mobile friendly. This need has delivered the new Windows 8 operating system. This is not just an aesthetic overhaul, the entire OS has been completely revamped to offer support for desktop, laptop, tablet, and other mobile devices.
With that said, I'm sure that many of you out there are chomping at the bit to get Windows 8 running on your computer. There are a few things you need to ask yourself before you take that jump.
Can Your Computer Handle It?
You don't want to purchase the software only to find out that your system is too old and 'busted' to efficiently run it. So, here are the requirements needed by any machine before you even consider installing Windows 8.
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2 (more info)
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
Are You Up For The Learning Curve?
Anytime you change operating systems there is often a bit of time it takes to become familiar and comfortable with the new OS. Now, when there is a complete overhaul of an OS, that learning curve can be even more intense. If you upgraded from Windows Vista to Windows 7 and had trouble dealing with the new features and nuances, imagine jumping into a platform that does not resemble anything you have ever used before.
Now, if you are a tech junky and willing to jump in with both feet, then you'll probably be just fine. Odds are you are the type of person who welcomes these kinds of challenges and a great candidate for early adoption.
Can You Train Your Staff?
Many times we are not the only person that has to be willing to learn a new OS. Most business owners upgrade their entire platform when the upgrade is released. Now think if you have the time, money, and resources to train an entire staff full of users on the new OS. Will it be too time consuming or not economical to train 20, 50, or 100 people on how to use Windows 8, or are you better off sticking to something more familiar.
Are You Going To Be Upgrading Your Device?
Here is where you really want to look into Windows 8. As the newer devices roll off the production line, they will actually start shipping with the new OS. This is something you want to know before you ever buy. Are you buying a multi-function device (tablet/laptop). What purpose will the device serve? Will you be doing office administration, web development, graphic design, pre-press tech? Sometimes a more simple (and cheaper) device will serve the purpose over a cutting edge newer technology device.
Are You Happy With What You Currently Have?
Many people fall into the 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' category. If you have something that works for you and you are very satisfied with how it performs, why change? Are you willing to trade comfort, ease of use, and stablity for something you know you're not comfortable with.
These are just a few of the questions that you might want to ask yourself before you jump the Windows 8 train.