Windows 9 Needs to Reach Business Users Sooner Rather Than Later
NEWS ANALYSIS: Windows 8.1 works just fine if you have a touch screen laptop or a tablet, but for real work on a desktop or business laptop you need something with an interface meant for a real computer.As I write this, I can see the dual progress bars crawling with seeming infinite slowness across the screen attached to the Hewlett-Packard workstation on my right. I keep wondering how a computer that's supposed to be so fast seems to be installing Windows 7 so slowly. Yes, that's right, a computer I've had for three days now will be running Windows 7 once the installation is complete. But you might recall that I'm the guy who kind of liked Windows 8? If so, you are correct. But a couple of years of using a touch-based interface on computers without touch screens has a corrosive effect. After my review of Microsoft's then-new OS, I went out and bought a couple of copies, installing one on an HP P6 desktop and the other on a rather elderly HP xw4200 32-bit workstation with dual monitors. Both are solidly in the keyboard-and-mouse camp.
Once the update to Windows 8.1 came out, allowing you to boot directly into the Windows Desktop rather than the Start Screen, the computers became more usable. How usable? One machine resides in the lab and is used only for testing where it's necessary to confirm that things actually do work with Windows 8.