Faster: Across the board, Windows 8 is faster than Windows 7 and Windows XP in boot time, file compression, and even opening tabs in web browsers. Older computers — assuming they meet the system requirements — could also see a boost by installing Windows 8.
Plus: Windows 8 is good for multilingual organisations, as users can easily switch between display languages, and additional display languages are available.
That depends on whether your computers are able to run Windows 8. Find out more about Windows 8 minimum system requirements. If your computers aren't able to run Windows 8, you can order discounted refurbished computers which meet the Windows 8 requirements.
If your organisation is still running Windows XP, remember that Microsoft are ending support for Windows XP soon.
Make sure that you check whether your printers, scanners and peripherals are Windows 8 compatible withMicrosoft's Windows 8 Compatibility Centre.
We have put together a guide which will help you determine if you should upgrade to Windows 8.
PC World has found that Windows 8 is faster than Windows 7 in most performance tests.
Upgrades to Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise are available for organisations already running legal copies of either:
If you aren't sure whether you need Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise includes all the features of Windows 8 Pro. However Enterprise includes additional features for large organisation's networks. Find out more about the difference between Windows 8 Enterprise and Pro.
In addition to upgrades, Microsoft has also made donations of full versions of its Windows 8 operating systems available through the Microsoft Get Genuine program.
If your organisation can't use the Windows 8 upgrades above, or is running illegal, free or basic operating systems, Microsoft's Get Genuine program offers you a one-time chance to get your computers up and running on new, fully legitimate and upgradable Windows operating systems.
Connecting Up's Donation & Discount program offers the following Get Genuine Windows 8 licences:
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