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Now that Windows 8 has been available for an entire quarter, I have come to the absolute conclusion that Windows 8 should be avoided at all costs. Put simply, it is the most cumbersome and tedious interface ever designed for the traditional mouse & keyboard based personal computer. Why Microsoft decided to throw a touchscreen interface at keyboard & mouse users remains a mystery to me. Windows 8 only makes sense for tablets and smartphones, such as the Surface and Surface Pro tablets or the Windows Phone 8. Even then, it’s no major contender against the 800-pound Gorilla in the room – the iPad, iPhone, or even Android tablets & phones.

Unless Microsoft makes major changes in the next Service Pack for Windows 8, it is simply best to stick with Windows 7, or even XP. Here are the fundamental issues pertaining to my conclusion that Windows 8 should be avoided:

– Literally all of my clients who have purchased Windows 8 laptops and computers have ultimately returned them to the store and bought a Windows 7 computer instead. In some cases, they went with Apple MacBooks or iMacs.

– Many software vendors do not fully support Windows 8 with their software and have no plans on supporting it in the near future. Many recommend to skip Windows 8 altogether and hope Microsoft smartens up and reverses the damages.

– Things that could be done in 1 or 2 steps can take up to 4 or more steps to do in Windows 8. Translation: huge loss of productivity.

– Windows 8 is more of a “toy” operating system. It tries to go after the “cool” factor by introducing the “Charms” bar which you have to mouse over to a corner to get it visible, and doing stuff like live Twitter feeds, Facebook feeds, and Weather on the Start Screen. For business users, this kind of stuff is completely redundant and a hindrance towards productivity.

– Under the hood, I do acknowledge and appreciate it’s raw improvements in the areas of performance, security, and system protection. Unfortunately, the user experience of the operating system completely nullifies any behind-the-scenes benefits introduced in Windows 8.

In summation, as an IT specialist with a strong focus on business IT, work flows, and productivity, I highly recommend that business users, and even small home office users stick with Windows 7 and avoid the temptation to try out Windows 8.

Now that Windows 8 has infiltrated virtually all retail stores, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find computers off-the-shelf preloaded with Windows 7. What if you need a brand new computer or laptop, you might ask? Not to worry. Windows 7 is still out there and still being sold. In many cases, your existing computers and laptops can be upgraded with a solid state drive and Windows 7 and still outperform most new PCs and laptops on store shelves since they still use slower spindle-based mechanical hard drives. I can help! Just contact me for a free consultation on your upgrade options or new computer options.