Monitoring your employees: No easy answers

Windows 8 has received plenty of bad press. Critics say that Microsoft’s efforts to offer you an operating system that operates both in touchscreen and traditional mouse-and-keyboard mode have failed. Windows 8, these critics say, does not work well as a touchscreen system or a more traditional operating system. But has the criticism of this new system been overblown? InformationWeek’s Kevin Casey discussed this question in a recent online column. Here’s what he’s learned about Windows 8 after taking a closer look at the system.

The problem with touchscreen and PCs

Though Casey said he at times enjoyed the touchscreen features of Windows 8, he also said he found out that he doesn’t really need touch ability with his PC to do his job. As Casey writes, touch on a PC is a bonus feature, not a requirement. This means that there’s little reason for users to spend big on Windows 8.

Windows 8 doesn’t belong on non-touch devices

Casey advises business owners to not install Windows 8 on any computer that doesn’t have touchscreen technology. Why? Minus the touchscreen features, Windows 8 is simply not as good as Windows 7. Owners, then, should leave Windows 7 on their workers’ PCs.

Steep learning curve

Those owners who do install Windows 8 on their workers’ computers better be prepared to provide some training. Casey writes that workers will need to become accustomed to Windows 8 and its many eccentricities. It’s a huge departure from past versions of Windows.

Posted on: 07.19.13