Last week we started our two part series on the strengths and weaknesses of Windows 8 with the challenges the new OS will face. Today, we will cover the strengths of Microsoft’s reimagining of the Windows OS.
For years Apple has been successful at getting users to upgrade to their latest OS by not only introducing new features, but also having a very low price point (OS X Mountain Lion is $20). It seems Microsoft has taken notice. Upgrading to Windows 8 from an existing Microsoft OS will cost $39.99. Compare that to the cost of upgrading to Windows 7 which started at $119.99, and $40 (though not Apple’s $20), is still a pretty big improvement.
Bye-bye BIOS. Starting with Windows 8, the OS will boot using UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface), a change made to enhance security including preventing advanced malware and other boot loader attacks that could previously infiltrate your system while also dramatically improvng boot time.
The new OS will come preloaded with an enhanced Windows Defender, improvements to password protection and behind the scenes improvements to Windows components like Windows kernel, ASLR, and heap to reduce exploits and attacks.
3. Cool factor
Cool factor for Windows? Yea, you read that right. Microsoft, traditionally a software company, has ventured into manufacturing to create Microsoft Surface- a device with the potential to be a hit for home users (video below). There are concerns over whether or not the cool looking fabric cover/keyboard will work because at the product unveiling, Microsoft mysteriously only allowed journalists to use the touchscreen and not the keyboard. If early reviews come back positive and devices like the surface running Windows 8 become trendy, must-have devices for home users, successful business cross-over is much more likely.
In the end, we couldn’t argue with you if you wanted to take a wait-and-see approach to adopting Windows 8 for your business. If however, you’re in the market for a new device for your home, a Windows 8 touchscreen might be an attractive device. Who knows, maybe once you use it for the first time (like using a smartphone for the first time), it’ll be difficult to go back to using a non-touchscreen Windows 8 device.
What do you like and dislike about Windows 8? Do you think you could use it for your business?