Windows 8: Enough of an advance to jump in right now?

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Question: "Our office is thinking about converting to Windows 8 now rather than waiting till it’s absolutely necessary, but my boss wants us to be able to answer one question first: What problem does it solve? He’s not a fan of bells and whistles for their own sake and wants to upgrade now only if someone can show that version 8 will save us time or energy. Can anyone tell me if it gives us something that’s either missing or doesn’t work in the previous version?” – Betty, Residential Property Manager

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J May 22, 2013 at 11:18 am

I’m going to have to agree with everyone so far! The interface is irritating and the fact that you can’t boot right to your Desktop screen is just so frustrating. “Solution in search of a problem” is the phrase that springs to mind. It’s ok if you’re used to thinking on the scale of an iPad or a tablet computer and things will be much more familiar if you use those a lot, and this is just the way things are going, but my advice would be to stay away until the maybe put the Start button back or give people a way to go ‘old school’ more easily.

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Ava May 22, 2013 at 10:54 am

I really think the whole touchscreen craze made Microsoft want to force this stuff on us. I did learn the new system – it was about as hard as learning Word 2010 was, not too bad, but it hasn’t saved me any time with anything. And then there’s no Start button, which took some time to get my head around. I think Windows 8 can definitely, definitely wait for you to get in on it.

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April May 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I have upgraded at home and I really don’t care for it. Unless you have a touch screen you really lose all the bells & whistles. I keep closing Windows 8 and go back to my desktop to everything. I think of it as a pretty screensaver.

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Andrea May 16, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I have upgraded one user in my office per their request. He now regrets it. Unless you are going to utilize all the bells and whistles and/or have a touch screen I don’t see it’s point for an office user. There are some steps that take extra clicks now instead of just one. I don’t see how that is easier or saves you any time. I will not upgrade any other employees to this until I am forced to. Windows 7 works just fine for us.

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