Friday, July 19, 2013

The debate over monitoring employees

Is Windows 8 a failed experiment by Microsoft? The media seems to think so. The reviews of Microsoft’s newest operating system haven’t been kind, with a lot of critics pointing out that the company’s one-size-fits-all solution - offering a system that operates both as a touch-based operating system and a more traditional mouse-and-keyboard-based one - has produced a system that satisfies no one. InformationWeek writer Kevin Casey decided, though, to have another look at Windows 8. Here’s what he determined.



The problem with touchscreen and PCs



The biggest problem with Windows 8 remains its desire to offer everything to everyone, Casey said. In other words, there’s no real reason for touch technology on a PC, he writes. Casey considers touch on a PC to be a bonus, not really a requirement. That makes it hard for business owners to warrant spending big on Windows’ new operating system.



Business owners take note



Casey also wrote that he’d never install Windows 8 on a non-touch device. The operating system’s apps and navigation are designed to encourage touch, Casey wrote. In a non-touch device, then, the best features of Windows 8 won’t be accessible. Casey’s advice to business owners? Keep Windows 7 on your company’s PCs.



Steep learning curve



Many users have complained that learning to use Windows 8 is a challenge. Casey agrees. This version of Windows is far different than any that came before it. Business owners who do install Windows 8 on their workers’ computers have to be ready to offer the training needed to teach their workers how to navigate it.

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