Microsoft has just announced that their new Operating System – Windows 8 – should be available for sale to the public at the end of October this year. That doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy a new computer, but if you are shopping for a new computer at this time, it means you have a few things to consider…..
If it’s a new computer you need, not the new operating system, you’ll be able to get a great deal. Retailers are going to be selling off their current Windows 7 computers at great prices to get rid of old stock before the new Windows 8 computers are released; and if you buy a new Windows 7 computer now, you’ll be able to download the upgrade to Windows 8 for just $14.99 up until 31 January 2013, if you want to.
What if you don’t need a new computer? Just because Microsoft releases a new Operating System doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with what you’re using now and definitely doesn’t mean you have to upgrade. There are still plenty of people happily using Windows XP, which was originally released back in 2001. As at June 2012, 26% of all computer users are still using XP, 3% on Vista, and 53% on Windows 7 (8.6% on Mac).
But can your computer be upgraded? If you have an older PC, running XP or Vista, your computer hardware may not be capable of running Windows 8. Windows 8 has two parts to it – the normal Windows interface that isn’t much changed from Windows 7, and a completely new design – called Metro. Even if your hardware is capable of being upgraded to Windows 8, the Metro interface has been designed for touchscreens, touchpads and touch mice that support gestures, without which you won’t be able to experience the full Windows 8 functionality.
Would you like to more about Windows 8? Take a look at this quick video