Windows may be one of the best and most widely used software systems for both businesses and consumers, but with many alternative options now available, we take a look at things you should consider before installing Windows 8.

There has been a great deal of speculation on whether Windows 8 is right for businesses. Favouring personal use with its touch screen functions, the system is actually more suitable for mobile devices. Although business touch screen hardware is on the increase, you have to question whether navigating around a document via touch technology is actually more convenient and productive in comparison to clicking.

Because the operating software is designed for modern devices, there is little (if any) benefit to be gained from installing Windows 8 on a non touch system.

As Microsoft are in the process of bringing out updates for Windows 8, changes will be made to the system which may interrupt the way your employees work and could mean training programmes need to be introduced.

Windows 8 Business Tablets

On the flip side, if you are considering introducing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies or installing Windows 8 for those who work from home or on the go, the Acer Iconica Tab is a good choice. As a Microsoft tablet, the device offers easy access to all Office programs and the large screen makes navigating and working from anywhere simple. Dockable, compact, lightweight keyboards are easy to transport – ideal for those who aren’t a fan of touch screen typing

As the biggest operating system since Windows 95, taking the plunge and installing Windows 8 is of course a daunting prospect. However, mainstream support for Windows 7 will stop in 2015, so it’s worth considering alternative options.

Alternatives to Windows 8

Ubantu Linux is the most popular alternative for desktops and laptops. Installation is easy and takes just 20 minutes per device. Just like Windows, Ubantu comes with bundled software which can be used to download apps and features email client Thunderbird which is easy to use. Office suite LibreOffice is also included and is said to offer businesses better interoperability. Speed of use is also an important factor, particularly for companies looking to improve productivity.

If you’re looking to replace your PC then Macs are certainly worth considering and you can even run Outlook and other Microsoft applications on them. The change of course requires learning how to use a new system, but if you already know how to use Windows, the learning curve is not as steep as you might imagine.

With the increasing use of cloud based computing, you may also wish to try Chrome OS. Containing elements of Linux and the Google Chrome web browser, you can keep all your files internet based, enabling employees to access them from anywhere.

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