Nearly every week, someone comes in with a computer they received as a present, that they bought on sale, or over the Internet asking how to get it connected to their business network. Unfortunately, we have to deliver the bad news that their new computer either needs an upgrade or in some cases may not work in their business environment a all.
Remember this? You're working on a document – maybe it's a report for your sales meeting, a set of instructions for a client, or a promotional flyer – and you are trying to place an image. You're bumping it down a few keystrokes at a time to get it perfectly situated between paragraphs or at the bottom of the page when suddenly it goes flying off, jumping to the top of the page or disappearing completely.
What a difference 30 months make! In May 2010, I wrote about my initial experiences with the first Apple iPad. I was really excited about what it could do and how content could be read or consumed nearly anywhere. There had been a few “pads” built prior, but nothing like the iPad. All the big pieces came together with a very readable color screen, highly accurate touch technology, a fast processor, plenty of storage, and thousands of available “apps”. Access to information happened over WiFi or a cellular connection. Most everyone raved about the iPad and it validated what has become known as BYOD (bring your own device) to the corporate world.
So, here we are 30 months later. There are now over two dozen different choices in tablets from virtually every major computer and consumer hardware manufacturer. Even Google and Microsoft have entered the fray. Apple has two different iPads out there and the iPad mini. Google, Samsung, Kindle, Nook, and many others have competing models. Not surprisingly, the choice of what to buy isn’t so obvious any more.
Anticipation for Windows 8 has been fierce because of some major changes to the look and feel of the operating system. Here is a basic rundown on some of the new and improved features of both Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise so you’ll know what to expect as the release date draws near. The following will help you decide which version will prove to be more useful for you and your business/organization.
Windows 8 Pro