Commentary: What’s So Scary About Windows 8? An IT Pro View — My day job requires me to straddle two very different worlds. As a  computer consultant, I must not only stay on the cutting edge of technology but I also need to understand the viewpoint of average user. This convergence of self-sufficient geek and typically reluctant end user gives me perspective.

That’s why I worry that what my customers see and hear about Windows 8 is so damaging. Some even complain about Windows 8 just on hearsay. None of them have used it. And many are afraid to buy a Windows 8 system, I think, because they’re recycling opinions they hear in the tech press. This is a phenomenon not unlike the situation of people who won’t try restaurants based on a narrow group of restaurant reviews. Closed minds.

Try it for yourself. That’s what I tell many of my customers regarding Windows 8.

Many of them, to their surprise usually, end up liking it. Once they get over the differences — and the fact that Windows 8 is not as popular among them as Windows 7 was — they end up liking it as least as much.

This is especially true of those who are using a touch-screen laptop for Windows 8. That’s what the UI is designed for, anyway.

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It makes you wonder why Windows 8 gets such hard knocks in the press. Even the tech press, which sounds pros and cons — or should be — depending on bang for the buck or performance.

In my opinion, and there are a lot of journalists and reviewers who will disagree, it’s that change is hard for tech reviewers. They want it, but they hate it. This might not apply the same to Apple iOS, Google Android or Linux products, but with Windows, which dominates still, change is tough. Plus, reviewers get deeper into the guts of a new product when they review it.

Here’s the bottom line. If you’re in the position of buying a new computer, you’re most likely going to be okay with Windows 8. If you oversee the purchasing decisions for a company that is agonizing about buying new PCs with Windows 8, do some testing. A lot of it. Get key personnel to try it out and watch the reaction.

The better the hardware, the better the opinion – Windows 8 performance like all operating systems sink or swim based on the hardware they run on. But, for instance, I have yet to meet a single Windows 8 Ultrabook owner who is unhappy with the device.

For the record, I like Windows 8 so far. I find it well-executed. I liked Windows 7, too. But Vista? That’s a story for an entirely new day …

Based in Vermont, Jeremy Lesniak is managing editor at and founder of Vermont Computing, Inc. and Follow him @jlesniak or email him [email protected]

Jeremy Lesniak
Based in Vermont, Jeremy Lesniak is managing editor at and founder of Vermont Computing, Inc. and Email him [email protected]
Jeremy Lesniak
Jeremy Lesniak
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