On October 26, 2012, just a few days ago, Microsoft released its newest Windows operating system – Windows 8. They REALLY want you to use it. In fact, the price for upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8 is only $40. And if you buy a new Windows 7 computer now, you can get the Windows 8 upgrade for just $15. So that means you should jump at the chance, right?
No. At least not right now.
There are a few reasons why it really isn’t in your best interest to jump to Windows 8 immediately:
First off, there will be a learning curve. Probably a bigger learning curve than any new version of Windows that you remember (most similar one I can think of was back when we went from Windows for Workgroups up to Windows 95).
Here is what the Windows 8 desktop looks like. You can click on the image to see it bigger.
For some people, this is going to be a bit confusing. Where’s the Start button? How do I shut the computer down? Lots of questions people will have when they first start using 8, and it’s not all that easy to just fumble through and figure it out.
Why would Microsoft change it so drastically? Because the world of computer has changed drastically since Windows as we know it was introduced. Windows was built for desktop (and laptop) computing. Now, the world is changing and everything is moving toward mobile computing – tablets and smartphones. Microsoft had to make this bold move in order to stay relevant. However, there are still many, many people who use their computers in a desktop environment (for both business and home use). If you’re one of them, you won’t like Windows 8.
Second reason is bugs. Windows 8 has gone through beta testing for months now, but that does not guarantee a bug-free system. The old saying is, “Pioneers get arrows, settlers get land” – the same is true when new software is introduced. Let the early adopters find the problems, get the error messages, and report the problems to Microsoft. You can always upgrade later when the OS is in better shape after some updates.
Third reason is that Windows 7 is great! It’s fast, stable and you already know how to use it. It will be supported by Microsoft up to the year 2020, so you don’t have to worry about it being outdated any time soon. There’s no reason to switch if your current system is working well.