Is it worth switching to Windows 8 from Windows 7?

Windows 8 vs. Windows 7Since the release of Windows 8 on 26 October 2012, many of us being Windows buffs running Windows 7 continued to remain confused if we really need to switch to Windows 8.

This article would definitely provide an insight into what you might get with the upgrade. Go ahead, read it to its entirety and then make your final decision.

While the usability and user interface is what a non-techie user is interested in, speed, security and performance are the critical factors for the tech savvy ones. To start with, let’s have a look at the performance offerings of the two versions.

Technical aspects:

1. Start Up

When it comes to starting up a PC running Windows 8 versus a PC running Windows 7, the former operating system has been identified to be faster of the two by 66%.

2. Shut Down

Again, there is a very similar performance changes during shutdown when it comes to the time taken for a PC running Windows 8. It has shown a 66% improvement in relation to speed.

3. Multimedia and 3D Graphics Execution Ability

While the multimedia execution capability in a PC running Windows 8 has proven to be 9% faster than its herald version when tested using PCmark11, the 3D operational ability has not shown much of a difference between the two.

4. File Copy

When it comes to the user interface that shows up the file transfer, Windows8 seems to have far better interface and displays good statistical data about the on-going transfer than its older counterpart. However, when it comes to the speed of the file transfer, both the operating systems have been identified to be quite similar.

5. Multiple Browsers’ Compatibility

IE10 in Windows 8 has been recognized to work similar in comparison with the IE9 in Windows 7. While Chrome is said to offer better performance capabilities in Windows 8 when compared to its precursor, both Chrome and Mozilla have been shown to work faster with Windows 8 than with its predecessor.

6. Battery Life and Security

Microsoft offers much longer battery life on Windows8 systems and this is in sharp contrast to its precursor. As expected, Windows8 offers more security than the systems running Windows 7.

7. Gaming and Getting Back From Sleep Mode

Based on experiments done by running a couple of memory intensive games on both OS, it has been identified that there is not much difference between the performance of the two operating systems. However, Windows 7 has a slight edge over its successor in this regard.

When the time duration taken for waking up from sleep mode was measured in both the operating systems, it was clear that Windows 8 was definitely faster than its precursor in this aspect by 76%

From a Non-Techie’s Perception:

1. Touch Screen and Flat Style

Windows8 is an OS that is completely based on tiles interface, which highlights the fact that it has been designed to work well with touch screens in contrast to the poor capability of its precursor on touch screens. However, the ‘metro’ or the flat style of the user interface icons has proven to be a disadvantage due to the fact that the icons do not clearly speak about what they are actually meant for.

2. ARM Support, Cloud Integration and Availability of Windows Store

Windows 8 is the first version of Windows to offer support for ARM chips. Yet another interesting aspect of this version is the availability of Windows stores on any machine that is running Windows8 OS. Integration with skydrive via the Microsoft Office suite 2013 in Windows8 is also a noteworthy aspect of this operating system.

3. Charms

This is new with Windows 8, the offer the possibility of a quick search, display of settings menu and sharing options by swiping the right hand side of the screen. This set of hidden commands in Windows8 does not seem to have created a punch as it had been expected since it is completely out of sight for a novice user.

4. Fault Prostate Gesticulates on Tablets

User friendliness with Windows 8 on tablets is nonetheless bad and seems to be suffering from a bunch of bottlenecks. The gestures are misleading and have earned the dissatisfaction of many!

This comparison has been made by Margret Hillary, an IT professional who has had the chance to work with both Windows 8 and Windows 7. The pointers listed here are completely based on her personal experience. Feel free to email her with questions, if you have any.

With all, if you are running Windows 7 and intend to move up to its successor, it is clear that there is no rush to get going with the upgrade. You can definitely afford to wait as long as possible considering the pros and cons of the switch you are about to make!

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