Should Professionals Upgrade To Windows 8

Windows8 Screenshot Start Screen Metro_desktopIf you are a professional who uses the PC for things such as graphic design, video and audio editing, engineering, etc., you might be wondering whether you should upgrade to Windows 8 or not.

Making Up Your Mind About Whether Windows 8 Supports Your Work Flow

To give you the short answer — yes, you should upgrade but only if your workflow is supported. There are reasons enough to upgrade.

The first, most important reason is the massive amounts of optimization that Windows 8 has gone through. If you are using Windows 7, you will love the faster boot ups and speedy performance. Professionals who use their computers to earn their livelihood would surely appreciate that.

Next up is the Metro interface — you better get used to it because it is here to stay. And for some tasks, the Metro is just great; especially if you are using a touchscreen display or a touch device that approximates the screen.

One of the best things about Windows 8 is that it supports everything that ran on Windows 7. So with some luck, your entire workflow will work on Windows 8. Major software companies will definitely release updates, so apps from the likes of Adobe, Corel, IBM, Steinberg etc. should work just fine. Of course, these updates might not come immediately after release, so you might have to wait it out for a while.

Windows 8 also comes with a lot of built in security features, so your system is far more secure too. The new OS also comes with support for a lot of new technology and some of them are already going mainstream like NFC. So upgrading will help you stay ahead of the curve, especially if you business demands that you stat technologically updated.

Before upgrading, take the other smaller applications and utilities that you need for your workflow and try them out on a similar Windows 8 system. Preferably, make a dual boot on your system just to see if everything works. Once everything checks out, you are absolutely good to go! And if you upgrade directly, Windows will check and tell you which apps won’t work. But don’t try that with Consumer Preview on your primary machine just yet. Do a dual boot instead.

Published: Saturday, March 24th, 2012 Last Modified: March 24, 2012

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