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Windows 8 Update

As many of you will be aware, Microsoft Windows 8 has been out for a little while now and most new machines will give users the option of Windows 8 (or a rollback to Windows 7).

For the past few weeks, we have been running Windows 8 in our Sevenoaks office to test it thoroughly and get to grips with it.  The good news is that we have generally been pretty impressed.  Windows 8 is designed to boot incredible quickly and, when used with solid state drives, our machines are starting in around 20 seconds.

Windows 8 startAlthough the tile environment can take a little bit of getting used to, it by no means put any of us off and we got used to it very quickly.  One handy hint for people to be aware of (and this might save us a few IT support calls) – tiles are closed down by dragging them to the bottom of the screen!

The general speed of Windows 8 is certainly no slower than Windows 7 – some feel it is a little quicker – and we have had no issues of poor stability or unexpected errors.

All-in-all Windows 8 seems a pretty good effort from Microsoft and we would have no qualms in recommending it for users with the right hardware.  One point worth noting, however, is that the Windows 8 “experience” is certainly more interactive and natural with a touchscreen device as opposed to using a mouse.