Businesses to adopt Windows 8 en masse, says expert

Wednesday 7 November 2012

Virtualisation

The new Windows 8 operating system (OS) is likely to be adopted by UK businesses en masse, it has been predicted.

Greig Schofield, business development manager at Netmetix, said the OS - which he described as "considerably different" to its predecessor Windows 7 - will create new options for companies.

They simply need to ensure they provide training on how to make the most of it, to prevent workers getting lost when trying to find files and work productively online.

Mr Schofield noted that people "soon adapt" to new operating systems and, with a little training, are able to make the most of them.

"In terms of day-to-day use, [Windows 8] comes bundled with anti-virus and anti-malware with the onboard firewall and those things work really well together," he said.

"There's a cost saving there because all of those pieces of software can be controlled by policy and Windows 8 itself can be locked down to a certain extent - with features switched on and off."

Mr Schofield described the new OS as being "slicker, it's faster and [seemingly] less buggy".

"The integrated services and control that Windows 8 gives you means you will save money on IT support costs," he noted.

Posted by Alex Boardman