Several years ago there was a trend for corporations, educational institutions, and individuals to upgrade their software every time a new version came out. It was like the “flavor of the month club,” where everyone seemed to want to upgrade to keep up with everyone else out there. With corporations it made more sense, as new software gave you two things: new features and compatibility with others using the newer applications and operating systems. For individuals this made less sense, but the competitive nature of most folks out there did cause a lot of software sales to occur, since you don’t want to be embarrassed by having outdated software. It is like new houses or cars – if your friends get them, you are sure to follow.
The changes in applications software were, more often than not, cosmetic in nature. If it looks cool, they will come. The operating system (OS) software changes were often quite drastic, with lots of new features being added to make the computer more functional. The problem was that the new features often added new bugs that had to be fixed by updates and sometimes new releases to keep customers happy and productive. Freeze ups and system crashes are not something you want – especially if you want to be productive.
With time we have become more used to doing online updates to our software, so new releases are a little slower in coming out. The thing is that I still see a LOT of folks that are upgrading their OSes long before they really need to. These folks have gotten into the habit of upgrading without first looking at the consequences. A new OS has a learning curve. It takes time to get familiar with the new settings and configuration changes to do what you need to do for daily work. If you aren’t going to gain anything with the upgrade except a pretty new interface, then why bother to upgrade?
The only times that you need to upgrade are:
1. When you purchase, or need to purchase a new piece of application software that doesn’t work under your old OS.
2. When you upgrade your hardware and must have the newer OS to use the new equipment properly.
3. When there is a migration to the new OS within your company, or within companies that you work with that will limit the working ability of those individuals that don’t have the new software. In other words, for compatibility issues.
If you follow these guidelines, you will find that you will see more productivity and better use of resources within your organization, home, or office. I hope this helps you in your decisions about buying new Operating Systems software. Have a Great Day!
Source by Brady Crabb