The perennial question of whether to upgrade or not is once again upon us, this time it is specifically for Microsoft’s flagship desktop Windows operating system. So should you upgrade? As with most questions like this, the answer is – It depends.

Most people upgrade to a new operating system when they upgrade their computer. If you are running a computer that is still using Windows XP then you should definitely be considering an upgrade in the very near future. The main reason is that Windows XP is now about 13 years old and after April 2014 won’t receive any more security patches or updates from Microsoft. Also, chances are if you are still running Windows XP a new machine will run so much faster and allow you to get more done in less time.

If you are running a machine that is only 1 – 2 years old and using Windows 7 on the desktop then there is probably no major need to upgrade unless you really want to. Windows 8 has some great features that you may well be able to take advantage of but unless you really need these it is probably best to stay with your existing setup until the next hardware refresh that comes your way.

If you are already running Windows 8 then the upgrade to Windows 8.1 is definitely worthwhile, in fact after a few months it will generally be automatically pushed down to your machine. So what are some new things that Windows 8.1 bring to the desktop?

– It will consume less space on your hard disk.

– It provides a much better search experience.

– It includes automatic updates for all your Windows 8 apps.

– Better multi-monitor support.

– Deeper integration with cloud based applications like SkyDrive.

– just to name a few.

Windows 8 is the first major step towards a Microsoft operating system based on touch. No matter what you have heard, the future is all about touch, even on the traditional desktop. That is the reason that Microsoft has to start moving in that direction otherwise it will miss the boat.

Touch doesn’t make sense on all of today’s devices but when you use a dedicated touch device you understand what it is all about and how this is indeed the future of technology.

If you would like a demonstration of Windows 8 (or 8.1) please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Correct.