Magazine article Supervisory Management

Windows 95: Should You Upgrade?

Magazine article Supervisory Management

Windows 95: Should You Upgrade?

Article excerpt

As we write this, Windows 95 is just being released but already managers are being hounded by those staff who like to have the latest technology upgrade. Savvy managers recognize that "new" isn't necessarily better, at least for their organization, and are questioning a change, at least right now.

A survey of 400 corporate computer managers by International Data Corporation, a market research firm in Framingham, Massachusetts, found that only 23 percent had plans to upgrade their PCs to Windows 95 within the first 12 months on the market. As reported in The Wall Street Journal, 43 percent said they wouldn't upgrade at least during that 12-month period, and 34 percent said they didn't know.

Some organizations are more interested in Windows NT, an older operating system but one that users feel offers better security features, is more resistant to breakdowns, and is better able to offer "multi-tasking" capability (that is, the ability to run several programs at once).

If you are intrigued by all the hoopla about Windows 95 but unsure about whether--let alone when--to join the Windows 95 movement, here are some issues to consider:

Benefits. Windows 95 could save both training costs and increase productivity since it is designed to be easier to learn; contains a friendlier interface, support for long-file names (up to 255 characters), and plug and play technology that automatically installs compatible disk drives, printers and scanners and fax modems; has multi-tasking capability as mentioned; offers faster printing and improved video performance; and contains an electronic in-box that supports faxes, e-mail, and on-line services.

All of this should contribute to increased productivity and shorter learning curves for those with no previous computer experience.

But computer managers caution moving too quickly. …

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