Windows 7 or 8 for Business?
It’s guaranteed to be a question that’s causing headache’s for every company leaving the once almighty Windows XP - it is however a serious decision that requires a lot of thought.
So just what is the right choice when choosing your next Windows operating system? The answer…either.
Fortunately the stark differences between Windows 7 and 8 allow for an easy assessment to determine which is right for your company.
So where do I start?
First and foremost sticking with Windows XP is not an option, well not if you value the safety of your company’s and employees personal information. Microsoft announced earlier this year that it would cease all update support for XP back in April, inadvertently paving the way for hackers to go delve into an uncontrolled feeding frenzy.
So don’t procrastinate…instead ask what exactly you want from your next Windows OS?
How does my company operate?
A somewhat vague question to some but still equally as important. The clear difference between Windows 7 and 8 is that one is designed for desktop computing (7) (the old school office environment) and the other is designed for the mobile-orientated businesses of the twenty-first century (8).
Ask most Windows enthusiasts and they’ll all tell you the same underlying fact…Windows 7 is what Windows Vista should have been had Microsoft actually thought through the inner workings of XP’s predecessor before launching it.
Sleek, simple, and universally known, thanks to it’s adoption of the traditional Windows formatting we’ve all come to know so well, Windows 7 builds upon what already works so well and then makes it even better. It’s also incredibly secure, even without standard virus protection software, though cancelling your virus protection is not advised, especially if you’re a company housing several employees.
The mobile revolution has taken full effect, starting with the success of Apple’s iOS, it came as no surprise when Microsoft finally took the bold leap into the mobile-friendly market, releasing Windows 8 back in 2012. The entire foundation of Windows 8 is designed for touch-screen mobile technology - tablets, smartphones, laptops, but unfortunately this is also where it’s downfall lies.
A lot of companies are adopting the mobile functionality that technology now offers, laptops that become tablets, desktops that become laptops. Built and engineered for those on the go, which nowadays seems to be pretty much all of us, Windows 8 relies on it’s users having touch screen devices, otherwise most of it’s key features become obsolete.
So which one do I choose?
I’ll get straight to the point. If the majority of your company’s technology is desktop and laptop based, without touch screen functionality, upgrade to Windows 8. If however you have embraced the mobile world of smartphones, tablets, and touchscreen computers, make the most of it and install Windows 8.
Beware though, Windows 8 can be somewhat of a mine field for new users, so training is advised - and New Horizons London can certainly have you mastering the operating system in no time at all. Just a thought.