Is Windows 8 Ready for Prime Time?

I apologize for my lack of posting lately. I have been working on my next book, Managerial Accounting for Dummies.

I continue to struggle with Windows 8. I read that it’s coming out next week, and having used preview versions of it since July, on a Samsung Tablet, I can’t believe that it is ready for release.

The new Start interface is great – I love it. It is easy to use, elegant and practical, once you figure it out.

But WHERE IS MICROSOFT OFFICE? It’s coming in the first quarter of 2013. Right now, you have to settle for Office 2010, which works from the ol’ Desktop. This means that, to use some of Windows’ most important programs (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), you must first switch over to the old Windows 7-and-under Desktop Interface.

I believe that Windows 8 is the way of the future. But the future isn’t here yet. Microsoft probably had no choice but to release the new operating system now, so that manufacturers could sell new hardware before the holidays. However, Windows 8 doesn’t seem to be ready, and a lot of consumers are going to be disappointed (and confused). Right now, as a slate, it lacks the wide selection of apps available on other tablets, like the iPad or Android. As a full-blown PC, it is more difficult to use than the old Windows 7.

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About Mark P. Holtzman

Chair of Accounting Department at Seton Hall University. PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. Worked at Deloitte's New York Office. BSBA from Hofstra University.

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