7 reasons to upgrade to Windows 8


 

Windows 8 is here

Well it’s been a while coming, and the suspense was killing this blog, but we can announce that the new, funky, surprisingly-colourful Windows 8 is here.

Below are some reasons why businesses need Windows 8 in their lives and why they should upgrade. Enjoy. 

7 reasons to upgrade to Windows 8

 

1.     Windows reimagined

Windows 8 wants to make life easier. The new start screen is smooth, intuitive, and gives instant access to clients, customers, apps, and pretty much anything, so businesses can spend less time searching and more time doing. The tiles are brimming with content, and they change and update in real time so businesses can see what is going on and stay on top of things.

2.     All about the apps

Apps are the heart of Windows 8.  Businesses can use Windows 8’s built-in apps for the things you do most: email, calendaring, social networking, and sharing. Designed for a highly connected lifestyle, these apps integrate with the services already available. For example, the mail, calendar, and people apps can bring together all information in one place, from personal mail (like Hotmail) to company’s mail (like Exchange).

3.     Cloud-connected

Windows 8 is also cloud-connected. Sign in with a Microsoft account, and immediately get connected to everything.  Mail, calendar, and people apps stay 100% in sync across all devices and the SkyDrive app to get access to files. 

 

4.     Get more at the Windows Store

The Windows Store highlights great apps and makes it easy to learn more about each.  It was built to help discover new, popular, and highly rated apps across all the categories really easily.  The app descriptions have big, beautiful screenshots, a complete description of what the app does, and ratings from other users. 

5.     Reimagined browsing with IE10

And when there’s not an app, there is the web.  The Web is as fast and fluid as any app, and with new capabilities in the Windows 8 Release Preview such as “flip ahead,” it is just as intuitive. Every navigation is just a swipe or tap away, and it feels instant.  But it continues to provide the most trusted browsing experience, keeping safe from the real world security and privacy concerns that come with the modern web.

6.     Built for business

The way people work has changed dramatically over the last decade. People use technology in the home and at work interchangeably. They’re mobile and expect access from
anywhere. They increasingly use their personal devices to do work, and vice versa.  They want to connect to work files and personal files, all from the same device. They want to be able to get the same apps everywhere.

7.     Built on a solid foundation

All of this is built on a solid foundation. Most people don’t think about what’s under the hood, and you certainly don’t need to with Windows 8. You can rest assured that Windows 8 has the flexibility to meet your needs wherever you are running it.  It is fast, compatible, and protected.  You can also install Windows 8 on the same hardware that powers Windows 7. Your familiar Windows 7 apps and devices are right at your fingertips. If you’re used to working with apps like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop, they’ll run smoothly with the full power of Windows on the Windows 8 desktop.  For businesses, this means the path to Windows 8 is deploying Windows 7 today. 

Want living-proof that Windows 8 makes business easier, read this case study.

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Posted by Steven Woodgate

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