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Is Windows 8 the New XP? By Jason A Woodruff

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

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Is Windows 8 the New XP
There are a number of reasons Windows XP has stood the test of time and is still the number one choice for many businesses and consumers around the globe. Vista was a major catastrophe leaving a lot of people scratching their heads as to why they made the switch, whilst others were relishing in the satisfaction that they are still up and running smoothly with good old' XP. Many users are frustrated and out of pocket being left with el cheapo hardware underperforming in every way that matters from a business and recreational viewpoint since purchasing a Vista machine. In rolled the cavalry with Windows 7 and finally, it looked as though there was salvation for the Microsoft OS. But at what cost? The updating software was expensive enough but hardware as well? Give me a break. "Too little, too late" was the voice of the masses and not for going on a year after its launch did the population start to trust Microsoft again and take the plunge to switch their beloved XP over to Windows 7. But now move to Windows 8? Why?
The expectation for many is that businesses (and individuals) will treat the latest OS in the same way it has each new release - with doubt and contempt and no medium to long-term budget plans for upgrading, let alone jumping on the bandwagon the day it's financially and practically feasible. Ah, but we forget, the same was true back in XP's release days when many refused XP preferring the more "classic" view of Windows 98 or even ME over the new "Toys 'R' Us" look on offer. However, the "look" of XP has quickly become the norm and users of newer Windows version still set the XP "Classic Mode" as their choice of view in Explorer on newer machines. We've come to really like the way XP looked despite the new bells and whistles brought in by newer software. Windows 8, however, is a completely new ballgame, as those not familiar with the Metro UI (not unlike the Windows 8 phones) may think the world has gone mad for desktop usage.
XP is great, no bones about it. Is this new Windows 8 stable and secure? Let's face it, XP had its bugs and security issues back in the day. It was a good many year before more than 10% of businesses became fanboys of XP. Kinda strange how we forget what XP was like upon its release, and how only after numerous updates XP reached a pedestal worthy of the title "best OS Windows has on offer". Except for running perfectly on 64-bit machines, XP had everything the consumer needed from browsing speeds to gaming and everything (mundane) between. From a business perspective, it is secure, stable, low cost and gets the job done for those at their desktops and portable devices alike.
With support for XP continuing until April 2014 it's clear that Microsoft is not in a hurry to cause necessary upset among its dedicated band of followers. Indeed, the recommendation is that companies should update to Windows 7 before going to Windows 8, and that's for a number of reasons, some more noteworthy than others. General home users, well, if you're still on XP then there may be a plethora of reasons why you're not already on Vista/Windows 7 so the question remains is Windows 8 what you need?
So, which is right for you - Windows 8 or XP?
One reason XP has lasted 11 years at the top is due to its low hardware requirements. The hardware needed to support a pleasant experience with Vista was too much of an investment for most as it required a fair amount of hardware muscle to run optimally. Realising this, Microsoft shipped out Vista with dirt cheap, minimal spec hardware which, although had enough juice to get Vista up and running, as soon as you started using the hardware you now found yourself at crawling speed - just enough was not good enough. Today's movie watching, Youtube-ing, app using, Web-gaming multi-surfers want the whole pie, not just a slice, for the same cost. So if you're on a lower specification netbook or laptop, Windows 8 will be just as fast as XP as it doesn't have all the "junk" bundled in the two prior releases slowing up your system.
Let's face it, Vista sucked and didn't stand a chance of succession to the throne from a user perspective. If you're sat behind an older desktop Windows 8 will not enhance your user experience by much, and may actually hinder it, for instance, the exclusion of the "Start" button on the home screen. "Outrage!", you cry. From a business perspective, why at this early stage suffer potential crashes, bugs, security protocol issues, compatibility problems and staff re-training on something that won't make a difference on a day to day basis of the majority of staff working at desk jobs?
However, you're more of a mobile user with smartphones, touchscreen netbooks and tablets dominating your Microsoft arsenal then Windows 8 may be your best bet as it is designed with the touch-screen in mind. Microsoft is well aware of how much they are lagging behind in the latest technology race as a lot of smaller device users are preferring Android, Linux, Ubuntu and iOS operating systems. With XP being "old" and Vista/Windows 7 being "over the top" for low powered machines, the stripped down Windows 8 is ideal for these devices putting Microsoft as a possible contender in this corner of the market. If the cost of new hardware is not an issue, then for the sake of continuity, having a home/office setup the same as your portable device make perfect sense. Bye-bye XP.
In conclusion, only one thing is certain. Every new version of Windows is vying to obtain dominion over XP and convince the world that the mistakes and failures of Vista are long gone; not to worry or fear disaster striking, but to confidently update your XP systems. Unless you are on the cutting edge of technology and are focusing on the handheld, touch-screen devices for your home/business needs, it's clear that Windows 8 will not offer you much more in user experience than what you're currently requiring. From a budgeting perspective, it may be worthwhile holding out on upgrading both hardware and software until the dreaded doomsday in 2014 when support for XP dies or an another Windows version is released. Who knows, Windows 8 may be kicking strong, bug-free and secure in 2 years time, leaving only one question at the next budget meeting, "Why didn't we make the change years ago?".
Having worked as a Dell Engineer for the last 10 years I believe in the quality of Dell Servers, and I absolutely love reviewing their latest products. My love affair with Dell started when I first used one of their PCs at university; it felt like personal computing technology was really starting to blossom and my beloved Dell were the ones leading the way forward. I highly recommend them because they are so robust.
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Tips To Help You Find The Most Appropriate University Or College For Your Chosen Field By Lindsay Newark

Sunday, 4 November 2012

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Going to college is something that a student should seriously think about. The opportunities that will be opened to you if you have a college diploma are practically endless. Moreover, your degree is one of your biggest weapons against competition in the labor market. If you want to land a lucrative and promising job, you have to build an impressive resume. In addition, if you are career-oriented, you need to have the right educational background to support that goal. That's why picking a good university or college to pursue your higher education is essential.
So how do you go about choosing the right college for your desired career goals? There are certainly lots to choose from. However, the question is which one can really provide you with the kind of education and practical training you need. Hence, before you finalize your decision, try to think about some essential details first. By assessing the various pros and cons of your options, you will be able to arrive at the most appropriate choice. That being said, the first thing you should do is to check out the top universities and colleges in your chosen field. Then, also, list down the less popular ones.
Secure copies of their course curriculum for your chosen field. Sometimes, these can be downloaded online in their respective websites. But if not, you can make a personal visit to the university or college if it is near or request for the same via e-mail. Now we all know that most of the time, the best colleges are located in places far away from home. This is why we have to make a thorough evaluation of their curriculum first before we make a personal visit. That way, we can save both time and money. Next, try to look into the requirements to get into that particular college and compare this with others.
Do not be misguided by the impressions you hear from other people or what media might show you. You can use these as references if you want, but don't let them dictate your decision. If you feel like the college can offer you the education that you need, by all means investigate it further. This now brings us to the third step which is to check out how to get application forms and submission deadlines. Along with this, also, look into the tuition fee ranges, scholarships, and other miscellaneous expenses. Lastly, discuss your final decisions with your family so they can help out, too.
At bestonlinecollege.org, you can study and earn your degree from home or while keeping your regular job. There are even choices for online masters programs and so much more.
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