5 Reasons To Get Over The Hype And Start Loving Windows 8.1
You don’t have to look far to find reports that Windows 8 (and the updated Windows 8.1) is an unmitigated failure. A quick search turns up stories detailing why Windows 8 has failed, why Windows 8 continues to fail, as well as one pondering whether or not Windows 8 is Microsoft’s biggest failure ever (Hint: It’s not).
The relative success or failure of Windows 8 has been headline news again this week as reports that HP is bringing Windows 7 “back by popular demand” went viral. Thankfully, there are also some common sense stories that dig past the hype to reveal the reality behind a simple HP marketing campaign.
Since its launch, there have been comparisons made between Windows 8 and Windows Vista (For the purposes of this article I will use “Windows 8” to refer to both Windows 8 and the updated Windows 8.1 operating systems). Those comparisons are based on the premise that Windows Vista was a complete failure, and attempt to connect the dots to illustrate how Windows 8 is an equal or greater failure.
In my opinion, the comparison is valid, but for a completely different reason. Windows Vista was a failure…from a marketing perspective. Microsoft failed to give businesses or consumers any compelling reason to embrace the OS, and it let competitors—namely Apple —dictate the narrative of Windows Vista as a failure. As an operating system, though, there is nothing wrong with Windows Vista. It had a rough start due to poor driver support out of the gate, but after a few months those issues were addressed and Windows Vista matured into a very capable OS.
Similarly, there is really nothing wrong with Windows 8. Ignore the hype and consider these five reasons you should check out Windows 8 for yourself.
Windows 8 will run virtually any software that you’re already running on your older Windows systems. The traditional Windows software runs in Desktop mode—which is basically just Windows 7 hiding behind the new Metro Start screen of Windows 8—but it runs just fine.
There are some applications that may not work natively in Windows 8. You can search for “compatibility” and select the option to “Run programs made for previous versions of Windows.” This feature lets you install applications in compatibility mode, which emulates previous versions of Windows and should work for most software.
Windows 8 is less demanding than its predecessor. The operating system requirements are the same as Windows 7—a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of hard drive space. Granted, those specs are substantially more than the base requirements for Windows XP, and you won’t get optimal performance using such a stripped down system.
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