As a general rule, it's always best to avoid upgrading to the latest version of windows until it's about 18 months old. Previous incarnations have shown it to be very buggy at best and very unstable at worst.
But Windows 8 is the exception to the rule.
As a long time PC user, and the proud owner of a fantastic MacBook Pro laptop, I am fully aware of what different operating systems offer - and actually, VISTA excepted, they're all very good at different things.
The Mac system for instance is great for broadcasters like myself because it handles audio and video editing smoothly, reliably, and it's more than very rare for any form of virus or crashing incident. There's no doubt about it that Mac's are fantastic machines.
Recently I decided I needed to have a good old fashioned PC with Microsoft Word installed - yes you can get Office for the Mac but it's simply not accessible with screen-reading software. So the PC will always be king for document editing until Microsoft do something about their inaccessible Mac software.
So why is Windows 8 a journalist's dream?
It's fast, reliable - so far not buggy or crashy - and the news app on the new "Metro View" desktop is beyond amazing. Like all journalists, a thorough scan of the day's news is a staple part of my day - and I cannot see a day when I don't have to read virtually every publication from the Mail to the Guardian online - but for a quick and informed run-down of the day's biggest news stories - it can't be beaten.
It's like your very own in-depth paper review with all the details you need.
And if you're fortunate enough to be able to see the monitor, you could decide to add a second one and have your note-taking software running on one screen and the news, or twitter and facebook App for instance running in the other.
So for a smooth, reliable system, either upgrade to Windows 8 - or if you really fancy splashing the cash, get yourself a Mac and install Windows on it too - then you've got the best of both worlds- particularly important for multimedia journalists, as all journalists now have to be.
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