Computer Related Article
By: William Claney
Windows 8 – It’s A Hit
Buyers are embracing Microsoft’s latest operating system called Windows 8 and Windows RT and sales are brisk selling more than 40 million copies the first week of release, according to Microsoft.
We’re off to a good start for the new operating system with most professional and business community buyers opting for the more expensive “pro” version of the software. The consumer public is opting in greater numbers for the lighter, less expensive Windows RT version. (See the $39.99 upgrade link below.)
It seems that “touch” is going to be big with most users but there are issues you must address before you buy. As I mentioned in previous articles, Windows 8 and RT are different. Yes, they look and work the same, but RT does not support legacy applications. Legacy applications are those you purchased for Windows XP, Vista or 7, but I digress.
Touch Me Ya’ll – Or Not
“If you have touch input hardware that isn’t specifically designed for Windows 8, but is compliant with Windows 7 certification, you will experience touch responsiveness at least as good as it was on Windows 7. Because Windows 8 touch requires a higher degree of responsiveness and precision, Windows 8-certified touch PCs provide a much better experience typing on the on-screen keyboard and using certain controls than on Windows 7 certified PCs. For example, touchscreens that support fewer than five simultaneous touch points cannot enable certain Windows 8 features and applications,” states Microsoft.
The latest versions of Windows support new touch screen technology. Currently touch screens are very expensive thus keeping the prices high. The monitor industry just released touch screens based upon a new metal mesh technology and this will help increase supplies, and reduce overall prices over the next six months from the mid $400s to mid $200s.
An alternative to touch screen is touch pad. The pad is a representation of your monitor’s real estate. The special technology built in that allows it to work with Microsoft. Or, be old fashion and just use your mouse.
Do it yourself and save?
According to Microsoft’s support page they are ending support and updates for Windows XP on April 8, 2014, or just over a year before XP descends to “end of life.” So, you do have some time to upgrade your enterprise to Windows 7 or 8. But why wait? Upgrade now.
Microsoft is offering a special upgrade price to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99 (regular price is $179.99.). This version supports your old legacy applications. Sale ends in January 2013 so get going.
If you really want to do it yourself and save try this link:
Or, if you decide to purchase the software from a retail store and install it yourself be sure it is the version “8” Pro and not version “RT”. If the sales agent doesn’t know the difference, bolt for the exit. Both support touch technology but both do not support legacy applications. By the way, if you run into trouble, call your local computer expert for help.