Windows 8 Advent Means Enterprise IT Staff Needs to Start Preparing Now
NEWS ANALYSIS: In two months, Microsoft will release Windows 8. If you and your staff don't know how you are going to deal with the deployment of this new Windows version by then, you are in trouble.On Oct. 26, your IT department will have its hands full. In many ways, when Windows 8 arrives, the technological transformation will be far greater than it was when smartphones became popular or when people started showing up at the office with iPads. The reason is that for most companies, Windows is the only operating system running the critical productivity applications on a significant percentage of the computers companywide. When Microsoft ships Windows 8, the OS will be available on computers that you buy from your suppliers, whether they're desktop or laptop machines. Windows 8, or its close cousin Windows RT, will also show up on tablets, Ultrabooks and in a revised version smartphones. It will be everywhere.
While Windows 8 doesn't have anything new in the way of hardware requirements, the same isn't true about the way it works. While there are exceptions, you can install Windows 8 on anything that will run Windows 7. On older machines you may find that Windows 8 is actually faster than earlier versions of Windows. In addition, the tiled user interface formerly known as "Metro," while easy to use and intuitive isn't your only choice. There's also a traditional Windows desktop that will appear with the click of a mouse or a fast key combination that looks a lot like what you had on Windows 7.