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GCN OCTOBER 2012 • GCN.COM 17 right now. Finally, you also need to purchase a number of Soft- ware Assurance Licenses from Microsoft, one for each drive you want to use, which gives you permission to use Windows To Go. DON'T FEAR THE INTERFACE Beyond whether the new OS will be secure, probably the big- gest fear people have is about the interface. Potential users are worried that their desktop computers, without touch screens for the most part, are being forced to boot into what looks like a tablet interface. I admit this was a concern when I started my testing, but trust me, this won't be a problem. The main boot screen is both incredibly powerful and easy to use. Every program installed on the system has an associated icon on the main screen. Clicking, with your finger or a mouse, depending on the device, runs the program. If you would like to get rid of a program, you simply uninstall the icon and that takes the entire program away. So the problem of eliminating shortcuts and leaving the ac- tual program behind no longer exists. That should even reduce the bloatware that ships with some manufacturer's systems, because it's easy to see and can be eliminated in seconds by users of any skill level. There is also a cheat with the new interface. If you really don't like the point and click simplicity of Windows 8, you can hit your Windows key on your keyboard. That brings up the more classic view, and looks likes a Windows 7 desktop. And the Windows 7 desktop is also represented as an icon on the new main screen, so you can also click to get it there. Inter- nally, most of the programs look and act the same as before. At most, some users might need an hour of training to learn the new interface, though they will probably catch on much more quickly than that. Once you get used to the look of your new working environ- ment, it's easy to completely duplicate it across all notebooks, desktops and tablets that you associate with yourself, so you can truly take your home screens with you anywhere. Or, an agency can create a perfect working space with all the pro- grams users need, and then replicate it so everyone has access to the exact same configuration regardless of platform. Desk- top, tablet and notebook users will all see the same screens, which is not only easier for users, but should take a huge load off the tech support staff. We don't know if Microsoft's vision of a globally used operat- ing system will ultimately come to fruition, but feds don't have to wait until that happens to start taking advantage of Win- dows 8 right away. The new OS offers some incredible and in- novative security features, along with an easy-to-use-package that can be duplicated across almost every device in an entire agency. So there's a lot to love about Windows 8, and really no reason to fear it. It easily earns a GCN Lab Reviewer's Choice designation, our highest recommendation. • SCAN THIS QR CODE with your smartphone for the full research report. TOPICS INCLUDE 4 cloud trends you need to know about Don't believe the hype 4 crucial cloud migration strategies Addressing compliance issues in the cloud IaaS: The benefits and limitations GCN.com/CloudServices TO LEARN MORE, VISIT SPONSORED BY CSC SPECIAL REPORT Cloud Ser vices