Updated – Oct. 16, 2012
If you’re like most businesspeople trying to stay competitive in this economy, you like to be current in technology, but you have to avoid security issues and unnecessary expenses.
So whenever Microsoft releases a new operating system, you might think “Oh no, not another expense.” That’s probably the case now with the hype over Microsoft’s release of Windows 8.
Indeed, the cyber world is filled with reviews about Windows 8. A lot of the criticism stems from Windows 8’s start screen instead of a start menu – with no tutorial. But I haven’t spotted any reviews aimed at a typical businessperson’s concerns — unnecessary expenses and managing financial data.
Time to turn to an expert who helps businesspeople manage their information technology: Jerald Savin, who goes by “Jerry,” a leading management consultant in the Los Angeles area who also teaches at UCLA. (See his LinkedIn profile here.)
He was the first to warn about the difficulties with Microsoft’s ill-fated Vista. Thankfully, he speaks with authority in a direct and easy-to-understand likeable style.
A telephone interview provided relief as he answered two key questions:
- Windows 8 is not designed for typical and easy business uses.
- You won’t have to throw away Windows 7 or Windows XP any time soon.
As usual, Mr. Savin’s instincts are visionary. Here’s confirmation from The Ed Bott Report at ZDNet.com about Microsoft’s end-of-support dates:
- Windows XP SP3: April 8, 2014
- Windows Vista SP2: April 11, 2017
- Windows 7 SP1: January 14, 2020
- Windows 8: January 10, 2023
(ZDNet.com is a daily must-read if you want to stay current on technology.)
“What is the basic significant difference between Apple and Microsoft?” asks Mr. Savin. “Apple targets the interests of iPod, iPhone and iPad users while Windows targets business utility users. What accountant uses Apple? Nobody.”
Not to oversimplify, he explains the iPad is used for pictures, not for work. Windows is used for data entry and data manipulation.
“It’s hard to visualize businesspeople using tablets, which are designed for pictures and similar processes,” he surmises. “The crux of the problem is that keyboards are still the main way for businesspeople to use their computer for accounting and other uses.”
OK, so Mr. Savin answered the first concern — Windows 8 is not designed for business.
What about the second concern – the expense of substituting Windows 8 for Windows 7 or XP.
Investment or unnecessary expense?
“Who is the biggest Windows user?” he asks. “The U.S. government buys more PCs than anyone, and still uses XP. Getting the federal government to buy new stuff – adopting Windows 8 — is not likely to happen soon.”
The implication is that support for XP won’t end in the immediate future. That might be a positive for Windows 7, too. The economy will not support it. (Here’s another indicator: Microsoft chops Office 365 enterprise prices by 20 percent.)
My thoughts for clients and my computers: “Whew.” A Biz Coach tip-of-the-cap to Mr. Savin, who continues to save us time and money in managing our information technology.
P.S. Donald Bell of CNET provides his top 5 reasons to hold off on a Windows 8 upgrade.
From the Coach’s Corner, if you’re looking for answers regarding tech security, you can find countless solutions in this portal’s Tech section.
For a comprehensive resource in Internet marketing, see: How Small Businesses Can Capitalize on Cyber Strategies for Profit.
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