Although Windows 8 was built on a Windows 7 base, its start screen sure looks a lot different from all the other operating systems we have used before. The question here is not if we are using it here in Belize but if we are ready for Windows 8.
To tackle the question, I would like to answer it in a review format kinda of way. But before that, I would like to give you a list of some of the new features and advantages of Windows 8:
- The whole boot-up sequence takes not a minute, but just 20 seconds in some cases.
- Redesigned Start Screen, and the end of the Start button
- The Charms Bar is at its best when you have some sort of touch device at your disposal.
- For the most part, the desktop should feel familiar to Windows 7 users.
We all know that the newer the software the better hardware it requires. Here are the official system requirements for Windows 8 from Microsoft's official website:
- 1 GHz processor or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
- 2 GB RAM / 20 GB available hard disk space
- 1366 × 768 screen resolution
- DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
- To use touch, you need a PC that supports multitouch
From what I can see, even old computers can run Windows 8, that is amazing if you ask me. So that is good news for us here in Belize, since most of our computers are old and out-of-date -- at least the hardware part.
One main concern here is the touch requirement because Windows 8 was initially designed for tablets and touch screen devices. That doesn't mean our regular computers can't run Windows 8, it just means that we are not going to be able to use the operating system for the purpose it was designed for.
Windows 8 is available for download for just $39.99 US -- a very affordable price in my opinion. Here in Belize, I am not sure what the market value of the Windows 8 OS will be but it will definitely be a bit more expensive.
I am not sure how much people are going to actually purchase the OS for that initial price, especially when the pirated versions start to get released. I think Windows 8 has a very decent initial price tag and here in Belize we might just be able to afford it.
Training and Adapting
Like all new software, a little bit of training is required before starting to use it. So far, I haven't seen any ads of people offering Windows 8 training here in Belize. Bad news for all of us.
We the techies won't have any trouble adapting to this new OS but what about the people that are not computer literate?
As far as training is concerned, I don't believe our trainers here in Belize are ready to train the rest of us. That means adapting to Windows 8 will be harder than I thought. In fact, I still see people using Windows XP because they are afraid of jumping into the retired Windows Vista or Windows 7. People are just afraid of new technology for some strange reason.
All in all, the optimistic side of me is saying that Belize is ready to start using Windows 8. When will this happen? Nobody knows and only time will tell.
What do you think about Windows 8? Are you ready for it?