The official release of Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system is just around the corner, with an expected release date of October 26, 2012. In fact, Windows 8 has already begun shipping out to retail stores. Once released, you can expect to see Windows 8 on nearly every new laptop and desktop computer up for sale.
If you’re like most PC users, you probably have no idea what the new OS will look like or how the user experience will change. You’re also probably wondering whether an upgrade to Windows 8 is even necessary yet.
In terms of performance Windows 8 should boot and run much faster than the current Windows 7 OS.
Although everyone will have their own opinion about what they like or hate about Windows 8, here are a few opinions from industry experts about some of the advantages and disadvantages of Windows 8 concerning use of the operating system for the first time as well as the increasingly important topic of computer security.
Starting up Windows 8 for the first time
- Windows 8 boots up very quickly. In fact, Microsoft has impressed majority of Windows 8 users and has exceeded their expectations. Nonetheless, keep in mind that it will take a few seconds before you get from power up to desktop.
- Windows 8 is also a lot safer to use when compared to previous versions. Microsoft has integrated it with a feature known as Trusted Boot which is engineered to block malware from sneaking into your computer during critical moments.
- Computers that are purchased preloaded with Windows 8 may not be able to run other operating systems on that machine. This is due to integration with UEFI which blocks other operating systems from working alongside Windows 8.
Managing Windows 8 security
- Windows 8 comes with all the security features Windows users expect. You can, without issues, join domains and network with active directories.
- Windows 8 comes with built-in anti-malware software, though other options will be available, as third-party software developers update their software to be fully compatible with Windows 8.
- Folder locking seems to present an issue in Windows 8. Though the new OS will come with preloaded with Microsoft’s BitLocker data encryption tool, utilizing these features is not practically possible for the average computer user, as Bit Locker is complicated to use and fairly slow.
- Third party software options, like New Software’s Folder Lock 7, can provide better, faster data locking and encryption as compared to Bit Locker. Best of all this software is fully compatible with Windows 8 and with its user-friendly interface users can easily utilize its additional features.
As the release date nears, you can expect to find many more reviews from reputable sources regarding the pros and cons of Windows 8. If you can’t wait until October 26 to try out the new Windows 8 operating system on your computer, you can download the official release preview of Windows 8 directly from Microsoft.