Helpdesk Challenge – tell us what you think of Windows 8
Have you upgraded to Windows 8? If so, we want to hear your experiences of living with Microsoft’s latest operating system.
Windows 8 is a big play for Microsoft, and one that’s been long overdue. The tablet computing revolution spearheaded by Apple knocked Microsoft for six, forcing it to rethink its approach to its traditional Windows operating system.
The result? An all-singing, all-dancing (according to the relentless adverts) tile-based operating system that claims to be just as at home on a laptop as it is on a touchscreen tablet.
We know Windows 8 does some things right – for example, our tests have found that the Windows 8 security features are on a par with the best security software we’ve tested. But we also know that many users have found frustrations in adjusting to the new operating system.
If you’ve installed Windows 8 onto your existing PC, purchased a new Windows 8 laptop or desktop, or picked up a tablet like the Windows Surface RT, we want to hear from you.
Installing Windows 8
Getting started with Windows 8 on an existing PC isn’t always as straightforward as can be. For example, we recently installed the new operating system on a perfectly respectable, 18-month old laptop running Windows 7, and encountered no end of trouble with repeatedly having to roll-back and reverse the installation due to compatibility issues being flagged up halfway through the process.
Have you encountered any similar issues, or has installing Windows 8 been a breeze?
Using Windows 8 with a touchscreen
Microsoft has made a big deal of the touchscreen approach of Windows 8, but how have you found getting used to using traditional Microsoft tools like Word and Excel with the option to prod and poke at the screen?
Using Windows without a touchscreen
For many people who’ve installed Windows 8 onto an older PC with no touchscreen display, there may be a nagging feeling you’re missing out on half the fun. How have you found using Windows 8 with just a mouse and keyboard for scrolling through the tiles and commands?
Would you recommend Windows 8 to others?
Now here’s the big one – based on your experience of using Windows 8, would you readily tell your nearest and dearest to install it, or to buy a Windows 8 device?
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