Bad press notwithstanding, Windows still top OS

Quick: Name the best desktop operating system available today. Did you say Windows 8? If not, PC World writer Brad Chacos would like to debate you. He recently wrote that Windows 8, despite its well-publicized problems, ranks as the best desktop OS today. This goes against the trend, of course, with a long line of critics slamming Windows 8 regularly in the tech press. Is Chacos right? Is Windows 8 unfairly belittled? Consider the various positive Windows 8 features that Chacos highlights.

Programs

Chacos’ most persuasive argument in support of Windows 8? The sheer variety of software and programs that come with the operating system. As Chacos writes, no other operating system delivers the depth and breadth of programs that Windows 8 operates. In reality, the operating system offers such a range of programs you probably won’t even use many, if not most, of them.

Syncing Matters

Windows 8 excels in the case of syncing, too, Chacos writes. The syncing ability is powerful enough to make Apple’s beloved iCloud look limited by comparison. If you have an online Microsoft account, you can sync anything from files, photos and videos to browser specifications and desktop preferences to any other computer running Windows 8.

The Browser

It’s almost as much fun to complain about Internet Explorer as it is to bash Windows 8. But Chacos shows that Explorer has actually become a nifty browser in recent years, spurred on, perhaps, by Firefox. Today, the browser is both easy to use and customize. Additionally, Internet Explorer actually ranks as one of the most secure browsers according to computer-security company Symantec, one more reason why Explorer doesn’t deserve its bad rap.


Posted on: 06.07.13