Adopting Windows 8 Cautiously
With all the press about Windows 8 coming out, many people are eager to get their hands on it, and upgrade to the latest version. We do not usually recommend jumping on the new major version bandwagon right at the start. With Windows, Linux, or any of your software.
After several decades of observing how these new releases go, we recommend waiting for a bit. Our usual recommendation is to wait until at least the first service pack comes out. Then, evaluate the stability at that point, and make a decision to upgrade, or wait a little longer.
If you remember Windows Vista, there was a large number of users having a great deal of trouble with the initial release. Even the first service pack did not stabilize it enough to really be considered a viable option. Do you really want these headaches with your business critical systems?
Unfortunately, we have seen the same thing happen too many times in the past. Not just with Windows, but with software packages as well. For that reason, we never recommend installing a major version upgrade right away. Better to let others find the bugs, and give the vendors a chance to fix them.
Windows 8 may be stable from the initial release, with no major upgrade issues. However, I do not plan on migrating any important systems to it, until at least a few months after it has been out. To be thorough, make sure to create a test environment for all your important applications and utilities. Do some tests for your daily, weekly, and monthly usage cycles to find incompatibilities. You can simulate these timings by changing the system clock as needed. Make sure you have a separate test system isolated from your production systems.
Microsoft allows downgrades to Windows 7 or Windows Vista with new equipment purchases. You can keep current but proceed cautiously with limited financial penalties.
Contact CCS Retail Systems Support Department to plan your system upgrades and test your applications with new Windows Environments.