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You need a touchscreen to really use windows 8

Before you run to a computer store in Orlando Florida or anywhere for the matter and buy a Windows 8 laptop or desktop computer you need to read this. Microsoft’s Windows 8 best features are not going to do you one bit of good unless you specifically have a touch screen computer or monitor.

If  you intend to use your mouse and keyboard then its best to stay far away from Windows 8 and use another operating system for your specific needs and wants.

The ability to tap, touch, pinch, and swipe your finger across a touchscreen computer – laptop is where the Windows 8 operating system really comes to life. You can still use Windows 8 without a touch screen monitor however that’s the same principle as tossing your TV remote control aside and physically getting up off your couch every time you want to manually change your TV station.

Remarkably few people are actually opening their purses or wallets to purchase touchscreen computers and or laptops. Just 7% of Microsoft Windows laptops sold through December of 2012 were touch screen computers.

One challenge is there are not many high quality touchscreen laptops on the market today. To give you an example. The retail giant Best Buy offers more than 700 different laptops for sale through local retail stores and online. Only 30 or so of those laptops have touch screens and only a handful of those 30 different make and model touch screen laptops are high quality. Most are made up of low quality hardware and are considered to be junk. Only two of the the 30 touchscreen laptops earned a high quality rating from consumers who bought them.

Another downside to these touchscreen laptops is they will cost you on average of $120 to $180 more then a non touch screen laptop computer. The most affordable touchscreen laptop is a 11.6 inch Asus VivoBook which sells for around $500 give or a take a few dollars while the full size touch screen laptops are around $625 and up.

Granted that’s not a huge expense for a laptop, this does provoke consumers to really think whether they feel its worth it to shell out the extra money for having a touchscreen laptop or touchscreen computer system.

Touch screen monitors and laptops are an are not an afterthought in Windows 8. Touch screens are the core to the entire Windows 8 operating system. The whole Windows 8 OS virtually begs users to touch the computer screen with their fingers. Windows 8 is outright clunky and cumbersome when used with a keyboard and mouse and will leave computer users feelings disappointed and left out unless they are using a touch screen laptop or monitor.

Getting people to adopt to touch screens on their desktop or laptop computers wont be an easy chore because people are use to using a real mouse and keyboard to control their computers.

Windows 8 is pretty cool yes but the reality is they are not going to replace desktop computers in the offices of businesses and other organizations. Windows 8 is best for home use for fun and entertainment.

Today’s touch screen technology is being heavily dominated by today’s smart phones such as the apple Iphone, Droids, and tablets which has shown very little vendor and consumer demand for larger size touch screens needed for touchscreen desktop and touchscreen laptop computers. This means suppliers are not manufacturing many touchscreens for computer systems, which also drives up the price for touchscreen laptops and monitors.

 

 

 

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Memory limits for the different versions of the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System

QUESTION:
How much memory can you use with Microsoft Windows 7 ?

ANSWER:
First without getting into a bunch of technical detail here is a straight to the point breakdown of how much memory is supported with the different flavors / versions of Microsoft 7.

Microsoft offers it’s Windows 7 operating system in six different versions.

First you need to know that the maximum RAM – memory limit for 32-bit Windows 7 operating system editions is 4GB.
Which is more then enough for the average user.

For power users, special application computers, etc 4 GB of memory may not be enough.

The 64 bit editions of Microsoft Windows 7 support the following amounts of memory.

Microsoft starter Edition: 8GB
Microsoft Home Basic Edition: 8GB
Microsoft Home Premium: 16GB
Microsoft Professional : 192GB
Microsoft Enterprise: 192GB
Microsoft Ultimate: 192GB

These memory limits are similar to those with Microsoft Vista flavors / editions.

Which version is right for you?
We will get to that in another article….:)

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What is a Microsoft Small Business Server? and do you need one for your organization?

What is a Microsoft Small Business Server?

What is the difference between a Small Business Server and a single role server?

Here is a simple non technical explanation of what a Microsoft Small Business Server is and is not.

After reading this article you will have a better understanding so lets get started.

Larger companies such as fortune 500 or fortune 100 companies have many servers that do different things.
Examples are:

  • Multiple Domain controllers / file servers
  • Multiple SQL / database servers
  • Multiple Exchange servers
  • Multiple web servers
  • Multiple DHCP servers
  • and so forth…

Let’s pretend that “some big company” has 40 servers and each server has its own role to do something specific for the computer network. In theory this would mean that this company has 40 separate physical servers setup in a room to control the computers for this company. In today’s world this would be consolidated using server virtualization but that is getting off topic so I’m not going to get into that in this article.

Now let’s pretend you are a small business owner and you need a file server + a SQL database server + an exchange server. Ok so this means you would need 3 physical servers + 3 different server operating system licenses and many of other things and this can get expensive quickly not to mention an experienced network administrator to design, configure, deploy, test and manage this for you.

Now with a Microsoft Small Business Server Operating System you get 1 physical server that has multiple server roles built into 1 nice neat package. So you can have that file server and that database server and an exchange server and that web server all combined into 1 neat little package. This can save the small business owner money IF the server is properly configured and maintained.

Microsoft states the SBS – small business server will support up to 75 computer users / workstation computers. In theory this will work but in the real world if you have 75 computers connected to a SBS server you can expect very poor performance.

From my experience I will say that Microsoft SBS servers are pretty cool IF they are properly configured with the right hardware and software. I have seen many small businesses have an SBS server that were NEVER configured correctly or are just being used as a simple file server. In such a case the SBS server isn’t necessary and is a waste of money for the business owner.

So without getting into technical details this concludes what a Microsoft Small Business Server does.

If you are thinking about purchasing a new server for your business get to know an Orlando computer consultant and find out if a Microsoft Small Business Server will benefit your organization.

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