You've seen all the hype about Windows 8, and are still contemplating whether the time is right to upgrade your operating system (OS). Here are five potential benefits of moving from Windows XP or Windows 7 to the latest product version - these might help you make your mind up.
Support from Microsoft
It has been confirmed that support for Windows XP will end on April 8th 2014. This means any businesses or consumers continuing to use the operating system after this date will receive no security updates. Upgrading your operating system ensures the latest online updates are readily available, helping to counter the threat from hackers and internet fraudsters. You can continue with your legacy operating system out of choice, but this will leave systems vulnerable to a host of security threats.
In many ways, Windows 8 represents a significant departure from the norm for Microsoft. The OS uses tiles rather than the traditional start menu - these are designed with the needs of touch-screen users in mind. You can still use a keyboard and mouse, but the OS works equally well with a touch-screen monitor, tablet or smartphone. Windows 8 is smooth, intuitive and offers instant access to files, documents and apps. And with updates flooding in, Microsoft is fully focused on delivering the best possible Windows 8 experience for users across all devices.
Operate in the cloud
Windows 8 is designed to fully harness the power of cloud computing. Once you have signed in to your Microsoft account, all documents, personal themes and settings become available. This is the same on every device, so it does not matter whether you are working on a desktop PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Your mail, calendar, and people apps stay in sync across all devices, while hosted apps can be accessed using the SkyDrive app.
An associated benefit is the ability to work more effectively on the move. Because Windows 8 keeps everything in sync within your Microsoft account, you can switch seamlessly between fixed computers and mobile devices. So if you are halfway through a piece of work at the end of your office hours, you can simply pick up where you left off using a tablet or smartphone on the way home or later on that evening. Out-of-office workers have the flexibility to choose how and where they work, with Windows 8 enabling access to all key information in real time.
Windows 8 apps
The OS comes with a set of built-in applications for email, calendaring, social networking and sharing content. These are available from the moment you switch your device on, and integrate with existing services to deliver the best possible user experience. You can access a host of other optional apps via the Windows Store - simply browse through the list and tap on the ones you wish to install. Windows 8 apps ensure you have the ability to work effectively and productively at all times, whether you are on or offline.
To find out more about the potential benefits of Windows 8 and how to upgrade, click here.
Posted by Jenny Arthur