Microsoft’s latest operating system – Windows 8 – will be released in Australia and New Zealand on the 26th October.
The release represents a major shift in what we software types fondly refer to as ‘user experience’. In other words, it works differently to what you’re used to. Windows 8, you see, was built for tablets. Essentially, it’s Microsoft recognising (and responding to) the profound impact its major competitor – Apple – has had with the iPad.
So Windows 8 looks all ‘appy’ compared to the usual Windows 7 and XP experience. In fact, the first thing new Windows 8 users will notice when they start with it is the complete absence of a start button. Eek!
Figure 1: Windows 8 looking all ‘appy’
This article isn’t just about Windows 8, however. Well, not really. No – today I’m focussed on how MYOB software will work with Windows 8. In particular, how AccountRight will work on new Windows 8 tablets.
First things first, Windows 8 will come in two flavours, Windows RT and, well, Windows 8.
There is a BIG difference between these two versions: Windows 8 is compatible with existing windows programs – Windows RT is not.
Windows RT will be primarily found in tablets that run a chip called an ARM processor. OK … so far, so good.
However, Windows 8 will ALSO be found in tablets that run a standard Intel Chip – uh oh…
You’ll need to be VERY careful when purchasing one of these devices if you need your existing Windows applications to run.
Let me make this quite clear by shouting: THE WINDOWS 8 VERSION IS THE ONE THAT MYOB SOFTWARE IS COMPATIBLE WITH.
EDIT – The Windows 8 compatible versions of AccountRight are due for release 8 November.
As an example, the Microsoft tablet ‘Surface’ will come in two versions – Intel and ARM. The ARM tablet will run windows RT and will NOT run MYOB software. The Intel tablet will run Windows 8. Righto – hopefully that’s clear now.
The Windows RT operating system is more like the iOS system in an iPad, in that it uses apps from the Windows Store as opposed to standard software applications (and yes, I realise app is short for application, but hopefully you know what I mean in this context).
Of course, there’s another consideration in all of this: assuming you’re considering the switch to Windows 8 (and of course you’ll now know to choose the Windows 8 option), you need to know whether your existing software is compatible.
My recommendation? It’s boring but you should really do a search to check whether your important applications (not just your MYOB software) are ‘Windows 8 ready’.
Fortunately we’ve made it easy for you to perform the check on your MYOB software. Go to our New Microsoft Environments section of our website and check out our list of compatible versions. Easy.