I was watching Hawaii Five-0 the other day (one of my guilty pleasures) and smiled at the Windows 8.1 product placements. Microsoft clearly wants to create the demand for computer users to upgrade to Windows 8.1.
If you have a Surface or other type of tablet, using Windows 8.1 is a big adjustment but there are some strong cloud integrations and other tablet-friendly improvements. However, for most business users who are running desktop or laptop computers without a touch screen, it is not the time to move to Windows 8.1.
Windows 8.1 is Microsoft’s newest operating system. If you are running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, Microsoft would prefer you upgrade to Windows 8.1. There are three big problems with moving to Windows 8.1.
1. Windows 8.1 has lots of bugs
You might remember when Windows Vista came out. It had so many bugs in it that most of our clients effectively skipped it, choosing to instead stick with Windows XP until Windows 7 came out. The adoption rate for Windows 7 was comparably quick as a result.
Unfortunately Windows 8 has been a really shaky release that has been plagued with many functionality problems. Microsoft released Windows 8.1 to deal with these issues, but the benefits do not outweigh the potential frustrations and problems business users will have on a desktop using Windows 8.
2. Windows 8.1 has compatibility issues
One of the most annoying things about new Microsoft releases is when they are not compatible with the software you need to use. One example we are seeing is lots of VPN software not working properly with Windows 8. So a move to Windows 8 could hurt your ability to work remotely.
3. Windows 8.1 is built for touch screen devices
If you don’t have a tablet or a notebook with a touch screen, many of the improvements in Windows 8.1 won’t help you. The user interface is designed primarily with touch screen devices in mind so it can frustrate desktop users.
As business owners we just want our computers to work properly without glitches and downtime. We won’t be moving our team over to Windows 8.1 and will continue recommending our clients stick with Windows 7.
If you have Windows 8 devices that are driving you nuts, please give us a call and we will help you downgrade them to Windows 7. Also, make sure when you are buying new computers that you buy ones that have Windows 8 licenses but are downgraded to Windows 7.