Quick: Name the best desktop operating system available today. Did you say Windows 8? If not, PC World writer Brad Chacos would like to debate you. He just recently wrote that Windows 8, despite its well-publicized problems, ranks as the best desktop OS today. This goes contrary to the trend, of course, with a long line of critics slamming Windows 8 frequently in the tech press. Is Chacos right? Is Windows 8 unfairly belittled? Examine the various positive Windows 8 features that Chacos highlights.
Chacosâ€™ most powerful argument in favor of Windows 8? The sheer number of software and programs that come with the operating system. As Chacos writes, no other operating system comes with the depth and breadth of programs that Windows 8 operates. In fact, the operating system offers such a selection of programs you probably wonâ€™t even use many, if not most, of them.
Windows 8 excels when it comes to syncing, too, Chacos writes. The syncing ability is powerful enough to make Appleâ€™s beloved iCloud look limited by comparison. Once you have an online Microsoft account, you can sync everything from files, photos and videos to browser specifications and desktop preferences to any other computer running Windows 8.
The Browser Difference
Internet Explorer doesnâ€™t get a lot of respect. But the browser has really improved greatly in the years since Firefox has hit the scene, Chacos says. These days, the browser is easy to navigate. Itâ€™s also quite customizable. Best of all? Internet Explorer offers a great deal of protection from hackers and cyber criminals, Chacos writes. Computer-security company Symantec recently ranked Internet Explorer as one of the most secure browsers available.