For Windows users, upgrading the system’s operating system used to be a no-brainer. But after the fiasco of Windows Vista, all Windows users do their research before making any change to their OS. With the launch of Windows 8 right round the corner, many Windows users must be asking themselves, “Should I upgrade my computer’s OS to Windows 8?”
Surely you might have read a few things against the Metro user interface of Windows 8 and that might have discouraged you. But this article shall weigh all the pros and cons of Windows 8 and help you decided whether or not moving to the new Windows OS will be a wise decision.
Let us begin with the Pros.
1. The Metro UI
The good thing about the Metro UI is that it reveals information about apps which you would otherwise need to open the app for. This is a wonderfully timesaving feature. Moreover the app focuses on scrolling horizontally which assists the way people read: from left to right.
Windows 7 was surprisingly light on system resources, at least lighter than Windows Vista. With Windows 8, Microsoft has continued that lightness trend. Windows 8 consumes lesser system resources and so do the apps for Windows 8 such as Office 15.
3. The Task Manager
All current Windows users can testify that the Task Manager needs some major improvements in the user friendliness department. In Windows 8, you get proper explanations of a process along with its CPU, Memory, Disk, and Network usage.
These were the most prominent Pros of Windows 8 – advantages which users will detect right away. Let us now move on to the Cons of the OS.
1. Aero Flip
Windows 7 has an excellent feature: Aero Flip. By pressing down the Windows key and Tab key you can get a view of all open windows and you can switch between them. Windows 8 has not included this feature. We have no idea why.
2. The Metro UI
While there are fans of the Metro UI, there are a considerable people against it since the interface, to them, seems like a clutter of icons. And with the unevenly sized tiles for icons, your computer looks far less organized.
3. Start Button
After using the Start Button for so many years, Microsoft has decided to do away with it. The absence of a Start Button has relocated previously easily accessible options such as system shutdown. The extra steps will not please Windows users at all.
These were the major Pros and Cons of the Windows 8 OS. But the fact is that people will get used to the changes in the interface. What people should focus on are performance stats and Windows 8 definitely outperforms Windows 7.
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