Experts Speak: Windows 8 – Plan your upgrade keeping your business needs in mind

Upgrades to software bring joy to a few, and pain to many! Changes to hardware and/or software systems, duly configured and tested to suit business needs, have an implication on the daily business operations as capital expenses incurred to acquire software upgrades or hardware.

Microsoft has recently announced the “Release Preview “of the newly designed Windows 8 operating system. Called as the “most significant redesign” of the operating system, this release raises the eyebrows of many of the millions of SMBs, still toying with the idea of plain jumping to Windows 8 from Windows XP or moving to Windows 7 till Windows 8 stabilizes. But worry no more, and hurry not. Read what the experts have to say:-

Plan your OS requirements well into the future – SMBs have to make smart choices, as investments in software and hardware have a sizable amount of financial and business impact. So, plan upgrades well in advance.

Windows 7 is good. And safe – Yes, it’s true. Windows 7 has been tried and tested and has been well received by both IT and business users alike. De-risk your IT strategy and plan your migration to Windows 7.


Upgrades excite you? Test away! – A direct upgrade to Windows 8 is also not a bad option, especially when almost all Windows 7 applications are compatible with Windows 8.


Change not appreciated? Windows 8 – Not for the faint hearted – Geeks, tech-savvy IT managers, early technology adopters (read teenagers) who keep abreast with technology upgrades can do the Windows 8 upgrade like a cakewalk. After all, beta versions need user testing! The rest, stay clear until the dust settles and the jury is in.

Hardware Support – Keep track of hardware upgrades and their associated costs required to run the Windows 8 upgrade. It matters.

Windows XP – Future Support or Not – As support for Windows XP ends in 2014, experts still suggest that organizations might consider wanting to wait till they can make an informed decision before upgrading. This is because IT needs vary from company to company, and it may be a good idea to have a  mix of Windows XP and Windows 7/8 operating systems till a corporate decision is taken.

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Author : Revathi Krishna Date : 23 Apr 2012