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Should You Buy Windows 8?

Written by Gary North on November 19, 2012

So far, about half the percentage of businesses that adopted Windows 7 in the first few weeks have adopted Windows 8.

The new program, which is based on a touch screen, is not perceived as necessary by corporate users. It has a learning curve that owners see as a threat. Then there is the expense of buying the upgrade. Why pay it? What is theĀ  crucial benefit?

Corporate desktop software is based on the mouse. This is not going to change in the near future. There will have to be a “killer app” to persuade businesses to switch to tablets.

To the extent that Microsoft relies on Windows, its marketing is in trouble. The company knows this.

Do you need a Windows-based tablet? Then you need Windows 8. But who needs a Windows-based tablet?

If you are planning to produce screencasts using Microsoft’s PowerPoint program, a PC-tablet makes sense. Screencasts and PowerPoint go together well. But not many people make screencasts.

With a tablet, you can use a pen to mark the screen. You can draw an arrow or circle a number or a word on the screen. But how many people need to do that? I do, but I already have a tablet PC. I have had it for five years. It works fine with Windows 7.

We are seeing the switch to tablets. It makes sense. But the PC market is unlikely to make the switch. Microsoft Windows is now a mature product. The days of wine and roses are over.

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2 thoughts on “Should You Buy Windows 8?

  1. Once Windows XP is no longer supported and the performance really starts to degrade, I'm switching to Linux. A new feature with Windows 8 is it will catalog all the software you have installed on your machine and report it to Microsoft. Like the rest of corporate America, Microsoft's attitude is "You are not in control of your desktop anymore. We'll manage it for you in your best interests, because we know better than you do".

  2. Concur. M$ attitude has been total arrogance for so long it sucks. I have been around them since 1988 when Windows 3.1 came out. Everyone of their applets (teasers) became a program you had to buy. With Windows Vista they but 3rd Party Memory Management producers out of business and MS Heuristic Memory Mgmt sucks. M$ continues to steal, reverse engineer, or buy out its competition. M$ continues to take more and more control and give the user less and less.

    I hope W8 becomes the Albatross around the neck of Bill Gates and M$. Maybe they will finally understand we are not stupid out here and there are alternatives to them most of which are Open Source, therefore FREE.

    M$ is its own worst enemy. They do have a good marketing department, I will give them that, but M$ is so arrogant they have not even fixed their NUMBER ONE problem in Windows for 23 years…MEMORY LEAKS followed by having to re-boot for darn near every update.