Forget the bad press; Windows still the best OS

June 7, 2013
Quick: Name the most effective desktop operating system currently available. Did you say Windows 8? If not, PC World writer Brad Chacos would like to debate you. He recently wrote that Windows 8, despite its well-publicized problems, ranks as the best desktop OS today. This goes against the trend, obviously, with a long line of critics slamming Windows 8 frequently in the tech press. Is Chacos right? Is Windows 8 unfairly belittled? Take a look at some of the positive Windows 8 features that Chacos highlights.


The Offerings

Chacos’ most persuasive argument in support of Windows 8? The sheer volume of software and programs that accompany the operating system. As Chacos writes, no other operating system delivers the depth and breadth of programs that Windows 8 operates. In reality, the operating system offers such a variety of programs you probably won’t even use many, if not most, of them.


Syncing Matters

Apple’s iCloud service has earned excellent reviews. But Chacos writes that Microsoft deserves more praise for the syncing abilities built into Windows 8. As Chacos writes, you only need a Microsoft online account to immediately sync files, videos, photos and reports to any other computer running Windows 8. You can also quickly synch everything from browser specifications to desktop preferences. This syncing ability easily outpaces iCloud and the syncing capabilities of any other operating system, Chacos writes.


The Browser

It’s almost as enjoyable to grumble about Internet Explorer as it is to bash Windows 8. But Chacos points out that Explorer has actually turned into a nifty browser in recent years, spurred on, perhaps, by Firefox. These days, the browser is both simple to use and customize. Moreover, Internet Explorer actually ranks as one of the most secure browsers according to computer-security company Symantec, one more reason why Explorer doesn’t warrant its bad rap.

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