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Windows 8: 8 Big Benefits For SMBs

Windows 8 adoption carries some possible trouble and many potential benefits for small and midsize businesses. Use these factors to decide if it's worth the risk.
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Windows 8 enables significant, always-on integration of those aforementioned apps and their data. Exhibit A: The live tiles concept behind Windows 8's Modern UI, formerly known as Metro. An example I return to again and again is integration with the SkyDrive cloud backup application. This will become even more apparent with the release of Office 2013 (pictured), which will include SkyDrive backup as a default setting. When you want users to do something, make it easy; countless surveys say SMBs haven't been particularly good at backing up their data. The devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy serves as a reminder of why poor backup practices can be a huge problem.

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Leo Regulus
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Leo Regulus,
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11/19/2012 | 8:53:07 PM
re: Windows 8: 8 Big Benefits For SMBs
Unfortunate choice of article format. I cannot use it. That also means that I don't get to see and on/click on your ads or sponsors. Please reconsider your options.
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11/20/2012 | 3:42:00 AM
re: Windows 8: 8 Big Benefits For SMBs
Me no want. I don't want Tiles, I want Windows! What was MS thinking?
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11/20/2012 | 11:46:06 AM
re: Windows 8: 8 Big Benefits For SMBs
I went to purchase a new lap top last night. There's not a chance in hell I'd buy a computer loaded with Windows 8. It is the biggest cluster &^%$ Microsoft has produced to date.
zman58
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zman58,
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11/24/2012 | 5:58:36 PM
re: Windows 8: 8 Big Benefits For SMBs
Article is nothing more than yet another W8 sales pitch.
W8 Kinks to work out? Yea.
W8 Take the plunge? ---yea, into boiling oil.

Stop playing around wasting time and money and getting nothing but silly restrictions in return. You want benefits? Simply skip the entire Win 8 mess and move straight up to Desktop Linux. You will learn more, do more, and pay far less. Linux will help make your business healthy and your users happy--very happy.
Best of all, with Linux you actually get a choice of the desktop UI you want to use--there are several available based on your specific needs and desires. Pick Gnome 3, Unity, or a choose a simple light-weight LXDE desktop. Incredibly secure, powerful, easy to use, and free from restrictions on use or distribution to other systems--as many as you want and also the same for servers!

So BYOD, a Linux computer! Only then will you have THE power.
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