Getting the Most out of Business Software
The business world is carefully watching the release of Windows 8, watching as the details begin to unfold. With beta testing already underway, small business entrepreneurs are already taking note of one major feature of Windows 8: its portability.
Initially, the new interface will require an adjustment. It’s a different look from the Windows we’re used to, with the group of icons replaced by large blocks in the center of the screen. It’s an interface custom-made for today’s tablet-driven market, which makes it ideal for the business traveler.
However, if you’re a traditionalist, you can go back to the traditional desktop…minus the Start button in the bottom left corner.
As soon as you boot up with Windows 8, you feel “out of your element.” Where’s the Start button? Where are the icons lined up neatly along the left side of the computer? What you see are colorful blocks, which Microsoft calls “tiles.”
Your start button is no longer in the bottom left corner. Now it’s in the top left corner and not represented by a button at all.
Windows 8 plans to be heavy on apps, with many free apps available in the beta version. In time, the plan is to have paid apps available in the store. Sound familiar? Removing an app involves simply right-clicking and deleting it. No more Uninstall Program in the Control Panel.
For the business traveler, Windows 8 is even better news. Here are a few ways Windows 8 is the right choice for the traveling entrepreneur.
- Tablet capability. For those business travelers who haven’t yet made the leap to a tablet, Windows 8 is a powerful operating system designed specifically for tablet computing. It’s touch screen environment lets your fingers nimbly and easily navigate.
- Better password protection. Windows 8 features an additional layer of security in its picture password. You simply swipe to unlock, then use a series of preset gestures to unlock the picture. (Touching the top of a mountain and swiping a flower in a landscape picture, for instance.)
- Cloud-syncing. Your SkyDrive can store all of your documents, allowing you to access them from anywhere. Leave your desktop or laptop at the office, and take just your smartphone or tablet on your business trip. If you need a file, you’ll be able to get to it, as long as you have access to SkyDrive. Since your files are synced to the Cloud, you don’t have to worry about manually moving files around so you’ll have them. But even better than that, your profile will follow you from one computer to another. Your desktop settings, themes, and other preferences will appear anywhere you log in.
- Storable on a flash drive. This is perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of Windows 8. This feature is called Windows To Go, and it has caught the eye of businesses who are eager to adapt the “Bring Your Own Device” trend. Being able to store your operating system on a flash drive allows you to use any PC or laptop as your temporary PC, accessing all of your files, programs, and even your Internet favorites. Currently, flash drive manufacturers are working to develop flash drives that will support this technology properly.
As users gradually make the move toward the Cloud, Windows 8’s new technology will begin to allow users to get away from being tied to a physical device. This is likely the first step toward having your entire operating system on the Cloud, accessing it from any device you happen to have handy at that time.