There are still many people using Windows 2000, and it still functions very well. They did well not to upgrade to Vista. Vista was a complete disaster, and most who did, ended up putting Windows 2000 back onto their personal computers. After that, we had the release of Windows 7. Windows 7 ran very smoothly, and only had a few bugs when released to the public. There would have been more users of Windows 7 if Windows Vista had not been such a disaster.
Windows has had a really tough bashing from the general consumer ever since then. With their latest operating system, which is not even on the market yet, they have taken a radically different approach to the release of the information, and the way they are releasing the product. We have all heard about Windows 8 and there is still at least 6 months to go before it comes out. Most consumers will be wondering if it will be worth upgrading, or if it is just going to be more problems than they can be bothered with. Here is a look at the issues, and understanding whether to upgrade, or not.
• Windows 2000. After the release of Windows 8, we can expect a greater reduction in support for Windows 2000. You can expect there will be little support for 2000 within 2 years. Support does not mean you getting help from someone it means application development and updates for everything. That will mean the software that runs on dedicated servers, and a whole lot more will not work with it. In other words, it won’t be long before you 2000 operating system will not function very well, and you are not going to have a good time with it.
• Windows 7. Windows 7 will not work well on your 2000, because your machine is already too old to handle it. You will need a better computer to deal with Windows 7, and that computer will also be able to handle Windows 8. The money you will spend to run Windows 7 on your laptop will be the same machine you will need for Windows 8. It is time for you to update anyway.
• Windows 8. The new Windows upgrade has already been demonstrated to solve many of the problems we have had with all Windows operating systems in the past. The best example of this is when your computer completely crashes. With the new Windows 8, you will have a single reset button, and your system will go back to default and original factory settings. You will not have lost any of your data, and you will not have any issues of re-installing all your settings and applications. Windows 8 has demonstrated to be very stable, very easy to use, and leaves all the problems of Windows previous versions behind.
• Smartphone. What smartphone are you using? Does it really work well? Is it really working with your laptop, or are they two devices that have little to do with each other? Windows 8 will be the exact same operating system on your phone as it is on your laptop. Add a couple of the cloud-services provided by Microsoft and the flood of new cloud-based applications to come, and your smartphone and laptop will be completely integrated. The file you just saved when working on your laptop will open where you left on your smartphone… even if you did not save it.
Microsoft is taking registrations for those who want to be beta-testers. A beta-tester is someone who uses the new operating system before it is actually released to the public, and reports on the problems that exist. This removes most, if not all of the bugs. Those who do that will get the operating system for free. You are going to need a new computer. Why not buy it, and become a beta-tester on your new machine (while you keep using your old one) and be a beta-tester… the reporting back to Microsoft is automated. You will get a free copy of Windows 8 for your time.