The operating system software is the first thing to load when you turn your computer on. It runs constantly, organising and controlling your computer so other programs operate smoothly.
Operating system software is required before you can do anything with a computer. As it’s such an important piece of business software, it’s wise to evaluate the options to get the best operating system for your company.
The operating system software market is dominated by Microsoft. The vast majority of companies use some form of Microsoft Windows as the main operating system on their computers. Windows 8 is the latest version – it was launched in October 2012, and was the first version of Windows designed to work across desktop, laptop and tablet computers.
Having said that, it may be worth evaluating other types of operating system software. A number of key factors will influence your choice:
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There are three main types of operating system software:
It’s usually possible to use different operating systems on the same computer network. In particular, most problems associated with combining Mac OS with Windows have been eliminated. However, your IT support and maintenance costs may increase if you take this approach.
To keep your operating system software running smoothly, check for updates regularly. It’s particularly important to install security-related updates to protect against hackers and viruses.
New versions of operating systems - with major changes - are released once every three years or so. Although there may be attractive deals encouraging you to upgrade, it’s usually wise to wait until the new version has been proven to be reliable.
For instance, many companies use Windows XP. Although released over ten years ago, this version is considered reliable and is therefore widely used.
However, Windows XP is no longer available to buy and Microsoft will stop providing security updates for it in 2014. Additionally, some recent Windows software will not run on Windows XP. As a result, it’s a good idea for businesses to move to the latest version, Windows 8.
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