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Windows 7 vs. Windows 8.1

Although Windows 10 has arrived in all its splendor, they are so many Windows users who are still enjoying the Windows 7 and don’t mind staying right there. This can be due to several reasons. We think it would be ideal to look at the differences between Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 so you can decide if you need an upgrade or if there’s really worth upgrading to.

It is common knowledge by now that Microsoft took a very different approach to the Windows 8 design. The Windows 8 operating system is unarguably quite unlike its predecessors’. First and foremost, the Windows 8 is built to respond to touch and not to electronic “mice” as has always been the case. A lot of current users found that intriguing and fresh. A lot of them still do! The large tiles on the PC screen that respond to tap sensation were one of the first features of the Windows 8 that sold it to users around the world.

Now while this worked great for tablets, a lot of PC users felt very strongly about the “Start” button returning as users were already used to the Windows 7 experience which incorporated one. Microsoft created the Windows 8.1 to help such users return to comfort zone whilst still enjoying most of the joys of the Windows 8 upgrade.

For business owners pondering whether to go the Windows 7 route or that of the Windows 8.1, there is the matter of Legacy apps to be considered. Installing Windows 8.1 onto more than one computer can be tedious as all the computers will require legacy apps and services. Unless absolutely necessary, the Windows 8.1 might not be the ideal choice to make as the operating system design makes for an awkward transition when switching to Desktop mode to access legacy apps. Most businesses are dependent on some form of legacy software regardless of specialization thus frequent use might be required. This means a smooth transition to desktop mode is necessary. Some people are of the opinion that Microsoft needs to produce an 8.1 version of Office that eliminates the jarring progression that occurs during operating system transition to desktop mode.

For some, it is only logical to upgrade to the latest Windows update and this is just what they do. It does make sense if you like to always have up to date software, enjoy aesthetics as well as great functionality! Simply put, there are way more apps in the Windows 8.1 operating system than in that of Windows 7. Casual games are also readily accessible just like tablet counterparts. At the same time, while it may be true that the Windows 8.1 core spec requirements are exactly same with Windows 7, using a touchscreen on a 6 year old desktop operating system can be somewhat of an issue. Microsoft is continuously working to ensure the Windows 8.1 experience is incrementally enjoyable, however, a lot of users think it will never actually match Windows 7 in terms of what they are used to.

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