Week 10 Assignment 1: Preparing for a Company-Wide Migration to Windows 8 CIS329 Administering Desktop Clients
Crescent Manufacturing Inc. (CMI) as a luxury leader in crafted and customized home furnishings is looking to update their computer systems to Windows 8. This report will provide detailed information on Windows 8 operations and security so that CMI can make an informed decision in regards to software operating system upgrades. STRENGHT
Touch Screen Optimization
Supports ARM Chip Infrastructure
Short Boot Time
No PC Hardware Upgrade
Metro UI and Aero UI overlap
Inability to turn tiles into icons
Need to support multiple applications
A SWOT Analysis is used to analyze strengths and weaknesses, and the opportunities and threats faced with decisions that are being made. Strengths of Windows 8 included:
Touch Screen Optimization: Windows 8 was designed for the touch screen, its interface which has been named Metro was built to be optimized for touch interface with the Windows Phone style form (Advantages and Disadvantages of Windows 8, n.d.). Supports ARM chip infrastructure for 32-bit and 64-bit RISC-based CPUs, it is expected to extend the reach of Windows 8 in the tablet arena as most tablets use ARM chips (Advantages and Disadvantages of Windows 8, n.d.). Short boot time: Boot in the demo last only 8 seconds, this is because Windows 8 saves the system state and memory to a file then reloads it on reboot rather than initiating everything all over again (Windows 8 vs Windows 7: Speed Tests, n.d.). Windows 8 features better security process not found in previous OS: You can monitor internet use, block or allow access to certain websites, Windows Defender replaces MS Security Essentials and runs in the background, you can use it to scan for malware (Advantages and Disadvantages of Windows 8, n.d.). Update your PC automatically: Through the function on each PC or by using group policies you can allow applications to update automatically through the Windows Store. A computer that can run windows 7 can also run windows 8 so there is no need for a computer upgrade (Advantages and Disadvantages of Windows 8, n.d.). Windows 8 has its own application store that provides a wide range of applications optimized for windows 8 (Advantages and Disadvantages of Windows 8, n.d.).
Just as Windows 8 has many strengths, it also has weaknesses that include: The overlap when switching between Metro User Interface (UI) and Aero UI considered confusing, unreasonable and can be difficult. Since Windows 8 does not allow the user to turn tiles into icons and you can only resize tiles, this can cause the Metro UI to look chaotic and make it difficult to find applications. There is no quick easy way to switch between applications.
Metro will only allow a user to multitask between two applications, this makes it difficult for power users. The Metro UI works well on tablets but the UI is not user friendly for desktops (Advantages and Disadvantages of Windows 8, n.d.). Opportunities available with Windows 8:
Many businesses are leveraging the Windows 8 platform to develop apps innovating their business and improving employee and customer experiences. By coupling Widows 8 with its cloud services Microsoft has provided users with the ability to access their data from multiple devices. Windows 8 platform allows PC’s, Phones, tablets to all use the same operating systems (Advantages and Disadvantages of Windows 8, n.d.).
With the Windows App Store it is possible that users could download an increasing number of applications that would need to be supported by the IT department (Advantages and Disadvantages of Windows 8, n.d.). Upgrade plan including sales staff.
The first step in developing a plan for migration to Windows 8...
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