Microsoft’s newest operating system Windows 8 is set to release to the public on October 26th – maybe. Microsoft has consistently push the release date on virtually all of its software releases, so it remains to be seen if Microsoft can lock in this date.
Windows 8 is a radical change in previous operating systems and if you choose to upgrade be prepared for a major learning curve.
With every new operating system release we are asked if and when a company should upgrade to the new system. We always advise our customers to wait until technical support personnel can get a grasp on the new system and iron out any compatibility and durability issues.
It does not make sense to introduce an unknown and untested operating system into your corporate environment until you have completely and systematically tested it.
Remember Windows ME and Vista? Even Microsoft tries to forget these failed attempts at new operating system. We had our hands full when these system were released. They had issues connecting to networks, printers and crashed on a regular basis.
In time – Windows 8 may prove to be a viable contender, but do you want to be the one to forge the way for everyone else? There are a lot of headaches associated with that path, you may want someone else to do that for you.
What do we suggest – purchase a couple of Windows 8 operating systems and install them in a test environment. Have your IT team test them in every company scenario possible. Once your IT team is satisfied with the tweaking and test results, roll our one or two Windows 8 to a couple pre-selected users. Pick users who know their way around their computers and can do some troubleshooting themselves. Most times you will find that your user’s end up using their computers in various ways you never thought of.
Once everyone is satisfied – create a rollout strategy and slowly implement the new operating system.
Don’t forget to provide training. This is a complete departure from the way we use windows today. So don’t expect your employees to know where to find their most frequented applications.