Windows 8 - Should I Upgrade?

Recently a few people have asked me if they should wait for Windows 8 before purchasing a new computer.  Likely to be released later this year, its desktop experience has changed significantly from Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows, becoming more like the latest Windows mobile phone interface and optimised for touch screens.  It also has some excellent new features such as Windows to Go (which allows you to boot your system from a USB stick you can plug into any PC) and its own Windows App Store (like the Apple App Store, allowing you to buy software from your desktop).  Despite these features (which I’ll cover in detail in another column) I would suggest for most people not putting off a computer purchase because of Windows 8, as the interface may be quite a learning curve and Windows 7, being a strong, stable and excellent version of Windows will be the dominant operating system for some years to come.  And based on past history there is a good chance the release date will be pushed back at least once.

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