Windows 8 OS Features
Many Windows OS users looking to upgrade their systems, just purchase the latest Windows PC or laptop available without looking into the changes that Microsoft has implemented this time around. Most customers prefer Windows OS to the other operating systems available in the market. But, when it comes to performance and user-friendliness, the latest Windows operating system might not always be the best. A good example is Windows Vista.
Think twice before upgrading to Windows 8
Windows 8 is certainly a huge improvement on Windows 8 as far as the OS performance and features are concerned. However, there are a lot of differences in the OS UI, which many Windows 7 and XP users are finding difficult to get used to. Go through any of the Windows 8 help forums online and you will get a huge list of differences between Windows 7 and Windows 8.
With Windows 8, Microsoft is desperately attempting to make a mark on the touch screen operating systems market, currently dominated by Apple iOS and Google Android. This means that you will see a lot of UI features and OS settings that make the OS very easy to use on a touch screen device. This indeed makes sense.
Upgrading To Windows 8
But, what does not make sense is Microsoft’s decision to sell the same OS to the Desktop users with no particular modification is the OS UI or settings. To make things easier, they have introduced a desktop mode in the OS, which is no substitute for an OS designed specifically for desktop systems. That is exactly the problem with Windows 8 – it is not an OS designed for desktop users.
However, some Windows 8 users are not complaining about these changes, especially after the release of Windows 8.1, which fixed many of the flaws in the OS. These are avid smartphone and tablet users, who find it convenient to have the same OS UI on their smartphone as well as the desktop PC. However, majority of the desktop users do not share this opinion, as it is evident from the poor Windows 8 sales.
So, you need to do a trial run of Windows 8 OS before you make the upgrade. You can download the trial version OS from the official Windows 8 help and support website. And, only after you are convinced about the OS UI and features, should you make the upgrade. Waiting for Windows 10 is not really an option at the moment, since it is slated for a late 2015 release.
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