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5 big reasons businesses should consider Windows 8

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    5 big reasons businesses should consider Windows 8


    If you think you read my title wrong, take a second look. You'd think from all the overblown attention that the Modern interface is garnering, that I was going to focus another drab op-ed around that sole feature. Yes, the Modern UI is a radical change and will turn a lot of people off. But let's not forget that with every new Windows release comes features that actually don't get the time of day. I think a few of these deserve a sliver of attention.
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    Slightly off topic, but I like how the author defined the Start Screen as a dashboard. That's a great concept to use in approaching the Modern UI.
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    Well, his point #1 isn't really a benefit of Windows 8, so not too much to comment on there

    As far as point #2, I realize that Windows 8 does boot up faster. And it benchmarks a bit better than Windows 7. But on clean installed systems, I don't honestly feel that it's really noticeable.

    Points 3-4-5 are certainly valid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Well, his point #1 isn't really a benefit of Windows 8, so not too much to comment on there
    Not sure if I'm reading you correctly. I can see your point that it isn't just a benefit of 8 solely, but of all OSs when it comes to timing. You do see his point on upgrade timing, right? Companies upgrade eventually, correct? It does buy time, correct? It's inevitable to keep up with the times, isn't it?

    As far as point #2, I realize that Windows 8 does boot up faster. And it benchmarks a bit better than Windows 7. But on clean installed systems, I don't honestly feel that it's really noticeable.
    ??? Come on, Parks. It's much faster for the most part. Less resources also. It may not seem it's much faster on newer machines, but on older machines it rocks. I can attest to that, for mine is older. 7 seems to be a turtle for me now! I've read others comment on this facet as well. In fact, I'm riding the edge with mine. I've almost convinced myself that I'm better off upgrading mine with a SSD and a video card instead of buying new. My memory is maxed, but some on the video card will surely help. I'll be saving hard-earned money if I go this route.

    His point is that businesses will be saving money on hardware. A very valid point IMO.

    Points 3-4-5 are certainly valid.
    Ok good. Certainly no argument there. Three out of five is a plus.

    I'm looking forward to other Professionals' comments, for I surely learn a lot from you all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    ??? Come on, Parks. It's much faster for the most part. Less resources also. It may not seem it's much faster on newer machines, but on older machines it rocks. I can attest to that, for mine is older. 7 seems to be a turtle for me now! I've read others comment on this facet as well. In fact, I'm riding the edge with mine. I've almost convinced myself that I'm better off upgrading mine with a SSD and a video card instead of buying new. My memory is maxed, but some on the video card will surely help. I'll be saving hard-earned money if I go this route.
    I'm being serious. I really don't experience this "blow my socks off" speed improvement that many rave about. Of course, I'm also a nerd and pull out a stopwatch and time everything. Aside from the boot, I haven't seen much difference in day to day tasks. Resource usage differences have been negligible.

    Many of the tests that I do are on clean machines, so clean loads of 7 and clean loads of 8. I'm not comparing an old bloated windows 7 against a newly installed 8.

    As far as running on older machines, I haven't used it on really old equipment. The box that I use it on at work is a Dell GX755, which is a Core 2 Duo with 2GB of RAM. It's the crappiest box that I have at the money and it runs 8 just fine, but also ran 7 just fine too.
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    Nothing wrong with pulling out a stop watch by any means. Very good scientific approach. It shows us your professionalism. I just count to myself with the "one-one thousand" method. Close enough for me.

    I see your point on clean install. I probably shouldn't for safety sake, but I run 6 gadgets on my desktop in 7. Weather, CPU usage with CoreTemp, network usage, a calendar, and a news feed. They're resource hogs as well. But for what I do, it works. I'm sure that's not allowed on work PCs. I'll close them out, including CoreTemp and try it out for awhile. I'm sure to notice a difference.

    On the other hand, the live tiles are a great alternative to gadgets in safety and resources for me. That is a big attraction for me with 8. I know it's a distraction for you as you've commented.

    A little off topic, but another difference between you and I is that you need multiple windows, where as I enlarge windows and flip through them with keys. And you have more open, where as I have maybe 3 or 4 at most.

    A question, for I'm not familiar with multiple monitors. This author explains that MS worked out that problem in 8, whereas I read comments on the forum that state otherwise. What's your opinion on that issue?
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    Hi there
    I can't really see ANY reason why a business would even THINK about upgrading to w8 for any reason whatsoever.

    Considering most of these large businesses are still in the process of going from XP or even WIN2000 to W7 W8 is just a non issue.

    The fact is that 99% of the business users have got used to the basic Windows interface - they will expect any new system that they boot up on a Monday morning to behave more or less like the system did on the previous Friday.

    With W8 the help desks will get INUNDATED as people can't find or organize the applications like they did the previous week.

    As for boot up times etc -- this might be of interest to those people who are involved in the higher realms of "Geekdom" -- but as a business user if the system takes a long time to boot up --then like most sensible people we just go to the coffee machine, have a chat with our mates - usually about "Last nights terrible Manchester Utd / Liverpool / Chelsea etc" game with typically Biased referees who miss awarding obvious penalties and bring a hot coffee back to our desks while the system is booting.

    We really have two totally different types of people here on these sort of threads --those who are techno guys and those who just USE the machines -- and in general boot up times aren't a significant problem for a business user -- most of the long delays business users experience is either overloaded network connections to shared drives or poor internet connectivity -- and this isn't really dependent on most front end systems --even a Windows 3.11 machine might be OK under certain circumstances for accessing network stuff --although that's not my point.


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    Multiple monitors in Windows 8 is much improved. You can run different wallpapers on each monitor now. You can access the Start Screen from either monitor now. You can have individual taskbars on each monitor. Multiple monitors is really the only way that I get along with Windows 8 at all, because I can keep 1 entire monitor free and clear for the Start Menu when I click on the Windows key and I can continue to see all of my other windows on my other monitor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    I see your point on clean install. I probably shouldn't for safety sake, but I run 6 gadgets on my desktop in 7. Weather, CPU usage with CoreTemp, network usage, a calendar, and a news feed. They're resource hogs as well. But for what I do, it works. I'm sure that's not allowed on work PCs. I'll close them out, including CoreTemp and try it out for awhile. I'm sure to notice a difference.

    On the other hand, the live tiles are a great alternative to gadgets in safety and resources for me.
    I doubt that Live Tiles are safer than Gadgets.
    I suspect that they will be an even greater security hazard.

    The old Gadgets didn't need to access random data on your PC for social media.
    The Live Tiles are specifically set up to share data with each other and the OS.

    I'm predicting that it won't be very long until Trojan Live Tiles start appearing on people's PCs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I'm being serious. I really don't experience this "blow my socks off" speed improvement that many rave about. Of course, I'm also a nerd and pull out a stopwatch and time everything. Aside from the boot, I haven't seen much difference in day to day tasks. Resource usage differences have been negligible.
    To really see boot improvements, you need UEFI 2.3.1 (or newer) devices that are class 3 (no BIOS CSM). All Windows 8 logo'd devices are required to have this (and a TPM too), so this is one area where unless you already have a UEFI machine (and you installed Windows 8 for UEFI - Fat32 boot partition, DVD, or UEFI PXE) you'll only see some of the benefits. As to resource usage, it probably won't be much different if you never use modern applications, as the desktop usage patterns would be about the same.

    There is one other reason I don't see mentioned here at all, and that's the BYOD trend and organizations that maintain a large number of contractors (neither is uncommon today). Windows To Go could really save companies a large amount of capital expenses on machines/hardware in the latter scenario, and in the former they allow the user to bring his or her own device, but still run a corporate image without messing with the user's OS install or data underneath at all.
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