Should Businesses Using Windows 7 Upgrade to Windows 8?
Windows 8, the new operating system from Microsoft, has got mixed reviews from customers and market analysts. On the one hand, some people like the refreshed UI of the operating system, on the other hand, there are quite a few who miss the features that were there in the earlier versions. However, Windows 8 has got off to a great start. According to a claim by Microsoft, Windows 8 has already sold 40 million licenses since its launch on October 26.
Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 when it comes to the number of upgrades. The discounts that Microsoft is offering have made more and more people upgrade to Windows 8. There’s a lot that individual customers can look forward to by switching to Windows 8. But is it really worth it for businesses to upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows 7?
Windows 8 is Unfamiliar
Windows 8 includes several new features and Microsoft has done away with the Start menu that was previously there. What this means is that if a company moves its computer network to Windows 8, the employees will have to be trained to make them familiar with the new features. So, apart from the cost of upgrading to Windows 8, the business will also have to bear the training expenditure. However, in the long run, companies will be able to improve productivity with the advanced technology of Windows 8. This will result in higher revenues.
Software Compatibility with Windows 8
The system requirements for installing Windows 8 are almost the same as that needed for Windows 7. So hardware compatibility is not much of an issue if a company is looking to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8. However, software compatibility with the new OS could be a major bottleneck for the IT departments. They will have to test the programs on Windows 8 and changes might be required if any problems are faced.
Windows 8 is more suitable for touch screen devices
Windows 7 is widely used on desktops and laptops and is the leading operating system for PCs around the world. But is Windows 8 meant for PCs or was it designed mainly for devices with touch screens? The Windows 8 design with its Live Tiles and support for gesture controls make it much more suitable for tablets and hybrid laptops. So, businesses which mostly use desktops or laptops might not be interested in upgrading to Windows 8.
In spite of these problems, there are indications that small businesses are considering upgrading to Windows 8. iYogi conducted a survey of 175 small business subscribers who responded to 16 questions about their current platform, device usage, preferences, upgrade plans, etc. According to the results of the survey, 33 percent of the respondents are looking to upgrade to Windows 8. Of the 67 percent respondents who use Windows 7, around 28 percent plan to upgrade to Windows 8. So, there’s definitely a huge opportunity for Microsoft if it can create more awareness about the benefits of Windows 8 for enterprises. Businesses will also benefit by getting the advanced features of Windows 8 that will help them improve their efficiency.