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Windows 8: Boom or Bust?

It has been a month and a half since Windows unveiled its much anticipated Windows 8 operating system.  The reviews have been mixed as users are finding it to be innovative and sleek but thus far, it has proven to not be enough to boost PC and Window’s tablet sales.  According to NDP Group, Windows device sales are 21% less than they were this period last year.

In the first month alone, over 40 million licenses of Windows 8 had been sold.  At first glance, that number seemed quite impressive since they have gained the open support of nationals and multinationals such as Bank of America Corp, Johnson & Johnson as well as British Telecom.  However, 40 million licenses instead represents a majority of PC manufacturers, not new users, as I had first expected.

I was apprehensive to start using Windows 8 because I have been using Mac OS for years.  However, much to my surprise, I am enjoying it.  It took some adjusting to as well as exploration but as one of our owners stated, “Windows 8 has a learning curve.”

I am impressed by its speed and I have noticed it has a better battery life.  I also like the tiled layout for the Start Menu.  I can now find my Mail, Pictures, News and more all through a single click on my desktop.

The main critique of Windows 8 is that there is no longer a drop-down Start Menu and older CPU’s may not be able to run this operating system.  Also, users will either need a track pad, touch screen or touch mouse to navigate most efficiently.

Only time will tell if Windows and its newest operating system are enough to give the company the leverage it needs to encourage buyers to purchase more personal computers and Windows tablets.

Are you using Windows 8?  If so, what do you think?  Let us know in your comments!

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