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Friday, 09 March 2012

Don’t let your Operating System Hamper your Business Operations

By Sean Thomson, Director, Indigo Technologies

In the ever-changing IT world that we live in, it is easy to lose track of how the latest updates and new technology releases affect you and your business.

While Microsoft is actively promoting the successor to Windows 7, the aptly named Windows 8, many IT users out there may be unaware of the fact that older operating systems such as Windows Vista and XP have come to the end of their lives, and what the consequence of this is to them.

If you are currently using Vista or XP you may not be aware that support has ended and that you will not be getting any software updates from Windows Update. These include security upgrades that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware and other malicious software which can steal your, or your clients, personal information. Windows Update also installs the latest software updates, such as new drivers for hardware to improve the reliability.

This will be leaving many users wondering what to do next. Perhaps for personal use this will not pose a problem, but for corporate use it’s too risky for the integrity of you company not to invest in a new system. You can opt to upgrade to a newer operating system such as Windows 7, or hold out for the launch of the much anticipated Windows 8, which includes a number of new features to distinguish itself from the previous version.

Adapting to market trends, which now see many businessmen conduct a large proportion of their work on tablets and smart phones, when launched Windows 8 will be the first operating system capable of running on both desktop and mobile devices. This will not only provide a huge benefit to people who regularly work remotely and while on the move, but when executed properly can save a company both time and money with organisations only having to buy one software package that will work on both environments.

Among the features of the new Windows 8 are:

  • Windows Store - similar to that of Apple’s App Store
  • Apps always on – saving time spent on launching apps
  • Windows To Go – which will allows the operating system to boot from a USB device including the users settings, programs and files
  • New User Interface – The user interface (UI) has been extensively redesigned to become more user friendly providing simple navigation via touch, mouse or keyboard
  • Better security – Windows Defender, which was first released with Vista, is getting an upgrade with Windows 8 to become a fully-fledged anti-malware solution. Among  the improved security features, it will provide real-time detection and protection from malware threats using a file system filter, and will interface with Windows secured boot
  • Faster booting – With its new Protogon file, Windows 8 allows you to start up your PC and start using it At an impressively fast speed
  • Minimal RAM – Windows 8 can run with less than 300mb RAM due to improved resource handling and management system

The most recent feature of Windows 8 to be announced it that it is set to boast a refresh option which will automatically restore your PC to a clean state without erasing all your data and customised settings in the event of a problem.

We have found it to be a welcome surprise to a number of our clients who are looking to upgrade that this new operating system is believed to have the same system requirements as Windows 7, so there is no need to invest in expensive new hardware to run this latest system. So as long as you have a 1GHz or faster 32-bit or 64-bit processor, 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit) RAM and 16GB for 32-bit (or 20GB for 64-bit) hard disk space you can easily update to Windows 8.

We have already seen huge levels of interest in Windows 8 from our clients, with one of the main drivers being the capability to run on any platform, such as desktop, laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

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