Windows 7Windows 7 has become the world’s most popular operating system, especially amongst businesses. Windows XP will reach its end-of-life date in April 2014 — after that point, security patches and updates will no longer be available. If you haven’t already, you need to upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

But which operating system should you choose? Here’s some help — Windows 8 was recently redesigned however it continues to fall behind Windows 7 in popularity. Today approximately 99% of Microsoft’s sales are for Windows 7.

Many of Microsoft’s business solutions are designed for the Windows 8 format. Windows 8 is an operating system specifically designed for businesses, yet Windows 7 continues to be the most popular operating system. So, why do businesses around the world prefer Windows 7? 

Windows 7 Has a Familiar Design

Windows 7 has the familiar design we’ve become accustomed to. Windows 8, on the other hand, is designed to work with touchscreens on mobile devices. Most users were shocked to find an unfamiliar design without the Start button and icons. Windows 8 appeals strongly to businesses that use mobile devices, but the mobile workforce is still a work in progress. Using mobile devices in the workplace is a fairly new trend. 

Windows 7 Offers a Simpler Search Method

Windows 7 makes it simple to search for a program or file. Simply click the Windows Key, type part of the file name or contents, and the programs and files that match your search will appear. Then you can just press Enter to open the file. Windows 8 makes it difficult because searching will only search your installed applications, and then you must click Settings or Files if you want to search somewhere else. Some settings will appear under Apps, while others appear under Settings. 

Upgrading from Windows XP

Windows XP is set to expire in April 2014. Microsoft has taken every opportunity to remind us to upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8. Which operating system will your business choose? Windows 7 offers unbeatable reliability for businesses looking to upgrade from Windows XP.

Looking to upgrade from Windows XP? To learn more about the difference between Windows 7 and Windows 8, give us a call or send us an email.  We can help you choose and deploy the best operating system for your business.

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