Windows 8 Coming Soon!

Posted On: 27 / 08 / 2012

Microsoft has announced that October 26th will be the release date for Windows 8, and the team at C3 Group are very exited about the new Operating System!

Windows 8 will carry forward the same speed and reliability that has made Windows 7 such a successful Operating System, but Windows 8 represents a massive change in the end-user experience. The Windows 8 User Interface has been radically changed and designed around the use of touch screens, as Microsoft try to achieve a more consitent interface across the many and varied devices available today and in the future. The most noticable change is the removal of the start button and the use of “tiles” (squares) on the main desktop, which are touch-screen friendly.

The change towards a touch-friendly interface has been brought about by the plethora of touch-enabled devices on the market today, including smart phones & tablet (or slate) devices. The list of these devices will further increase in future, as touch-enabled LCD monitors start to come onto the market at more reasonable prices. Also, never before seen devices such as hybrid Notebook/Tablet Ultrabooks (via fold over screens) are being released along-side Windows 8. Microsoft are also directly entering the tablet hardware market themselves, having recently announced the new Microsoft Surface tablet, to be released along-side Windows 8. The Microsoft Surface tablet will offer full PC/Notebook performance in a tablet form factor, and will allow Microsoft to complete against Apple & Google in the tablet space.

Although C3 Group are very exited about Windows 8, we recommend that most clients hold off from upgrading until we properly assess the impact on your organisation and with your current suite of 3rd party applications. Using Windows 8 will represent a steep learning curve for some users, and training for the new Operating System should be considered, which we are able to provide. We have been pre-release testing Windows 8 for some time, and will ensure that your organisation will be able to take full advantage of the new technology, at the right time.

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