Windows 8 (REVIEW)
Due to unforeseen circumstances, I have recently upgraded my laptop to run Windows 8 from Windows 7. (Aren’t almost all circumstances unforeseen? If they were foreseen circumstances, they would not be circumstances but would instead be avoided in many cases.) Working in the IT field, I have always considered myself to be somewhat computer literate. […]
Due to unforeseen circumstances, I have recently upgraded my laptop to run Windows 8 from Windows 7. (Aren’t almost all circumstances unforeseen? If they were foreseen circumstances, they would not be circumstances but would instead be avoided in many cases.) Working in the IT field, I have always considered myself to be somewhat computer literate. (Those that have worked with me might disagree.) When it comes to fixing a computer or getting one to work, I can normally get the job done, it just might take me a little longer than it takes others.
Knowing these things about myself, I did not hesitate to take the upgrade plunge. I am very glad that I did. Microsoft in the past has gotten the reputation of releasing buggy software. (Anyone remember Vista?) Having used 8 now for a couple of months, I am very pleased. I went with the Windows Pro version instead of just the Windows 8. I did this because of some of the added functionality, specifically around security. I have also used Windows 8 regular and saw no difference.
The first thing that you notice when first booting up is the desktop. (We in the IT world will sometimes call this the “User Interface” or “UI.”) This is a much different layout than any previous Windows releases. From looking at it, one can tell that it was very much built with the touch screen in mind. This threw me at first. There are apps that you can download to make your desktop look more like Windows 7 or even XP. I have not bothered with those yet. When I changed the way I thought about the desktop, this is just as easy to navigate, if not easier.
One other thing that I really like about Windows 8 is that it is fast. My boot time is greatly reduced. I have had no crashes or freezes since I have started using it.
The way that I understand Windows 8, it is the same basic operating system for laptop, tablets, and phones. I can see a huge benefit to this. If things are saved to the “cloud” they would be available on any of these devices.
There is one thing I don’t like about it, but it is less about Windows 8 and more about the way we look at computing as a whole. It has to do with the concept of “apps.” I blame Apple for starting this. In my day, we called them programs and we were happy to get them…but I suppose that apps are “hipper” and “cooler” sounding.
Along with Windows 8, I also have been trying out Office 365.
Office 365 is the newest version of Office that Microsoft has released. It has much the same functionality as the previous versions of Office with one fantastic new addition. With Office 365, you now have the ability to go on almost any device that has internet connection and work on any of your documents that you have saved to the cloud. I have had some difficulty doing this on my DROID.
I would like to make a disclaimer. Many people hate Windows 8. They hate it with a passion and they have an all-consuming rage towards this product. I do recommend that you make a back-up before you try to upgrade. If you do decide to upgrade to Windows 8 or Office 365 and you hate it, you can always revert to your back-up.