ith Windows 8 being the standard OS on non-Apple computers now, it’s easy to notice that the newer computers are formatted to work best with touchscreen laptops. However, if you’ve ever worked in an office, you know that the technology there is generally not the newest available, and is often times painfully old, slow, or outdated. So with the new OS being geared towards newer, more-capable tech, what are corporations and offices going to do to adapt?
In more tech-savvy or tech-centric offices and corporations, it stands to reason that people in charge would want their staff to be working on the newest equipment. With the newest and most user-updated versions of hardware, web developers, designers, and other tech experts have the ability to channel their skills into the most current format. If the tech is outdated, they may have trouble relating to a client’s needs.
Did the creators of Windows 8 expect that offices all over would upgrade to better equipment?
But more realistically, many offices will keep using the OS without updating computers. Is that a problem? Mostly, no. Using Windows 8 takes a bit of getting used to if you’re used to an older version of the system, but the functionality is all still there.
Tablets and touch screen computers seem to be helpful for some professions, especially when building mobile versions of websites for tablets and when trying to improve functionality for an app that’s made for touch screens. Otherwise, non-touch screen computers will still work just fine for most workers.
Still, the idea that an OS was developed to work most seamlessly with a touch screen device makes us wonder if it was solely a money-making endeavor. Did the creators of Windows 8 expect that offices all over would upgrade to better equipment? We can’t imagine that—so why is the new system software best used on touch screens?
Most people, when they buy computers, don’t buy them for an office full of people—they buy them for themselves or their family. That means that more money is spent when buying one PC than when someone has to buy multiples—in the latter case, it’s understandable that a company would want to save some cash. Making computers so that they’ll work best for the average user theoretically ensures that sales will remain steady. Simply put, they’re not made with the corporate world in mind. These high-tech computers are made for casual users at home.
So what will corporations and offices do?
Probably what they’ve always done—use the same computers for five to 10 years at a time, only replacing when absolutely necessary.