The development of Windows 8 started even before its predecessor was launched. Many home PC’s, tablets, business desktops and laptops are running on this Operating System (OS). Like there are two sides to a coin, using Windows 8 has its own advantages and disadvantages. A closer look at the pro’s and con’s of Windows 8 in the enterprise has been taken.
Advantages of Windows 8 OS in the enterprise
In no order of importance, listed below are a few advantages of Windows 8 for the enterprise:
- The all new interface
Windows 8 sports an all new look and it is an amazing OS to work on. The traditional Start Menu is completely gone. The new design is well known among users as ‘Metro’ (despite the fact that Microsoft no longer identifies it by this name.) This new interface displays all the information using small boxy looking colorful tiles. These tiles provide you with real-time information at a glance. You become aware of the weather report, your incoming tweets and calendar events. Tablets that run on this OS also sport tiles. This interface provides superior support for multiple monitors. This is an added advantage of using this new interface for business.
- Offers unified working experience
The all new design of Windows 8 offers its business users a great working experience. Firstly, it completely eliminates clutter. Instead, it uses tiles that look good and offers users a unified working experience. Furthermore, the Windows 8 experience can be expanded to tablets, Smartphones and other powerful synchronization tools that allow you manage your apps with ease even while on the go. This helps you keep in touch with your business or professional activity even when you are not physically in the office.
- Faster boot time
Yet another advantage in using Windows 8 for your business is the boot time of this OS. On various tests this OS recorded a boot time of just 8 seconds. This is one of the reasons why organizations will want to use it.
Disadvantages of Windows 8 OS in the enterprise
Like every aspect has its disadvantages, using Windows 8 for your enterprise can have some disadvantages. A few of them have been listed.
- Windows 7 is not too old
A majority of people share this view that the predecessor of Windows 8 is not too old. This leaves many enterprises doubtful of replacing this new OS with the latest version. There are a handful of organizations that have just gotten used to working on its predecessor’s platform. So, going in for an OS updating can be a bad idea for them.
- Additional hardware requirements
While working on Windows 8 OS, connecting to the Active Directory from devices running on AMD chips is not simple and easy. This latest version of Windows 8 is a more sophisticated OS, thus, you might have to upgrade your current business hardware suite. To benefit from the features of Windows 8, your business might have to make an extra investment in purchasing additional hardware.
- Learning curve for many enterprises
Over the years, Windows has been seen some updates and innovation. The new version of Windows 8 is very different and breaks free from the traditional Windows OS platform. If your enterprise is working with Windows 8 you will have to train your workforce to work on this all new platform.
These are just a few advantages and disadvantages of working on Windows 8. Depending on the circumstances, there may be many other pro’s and con’s of using Windows 8 for your enterprise.