Bad press notwithstanding, Windows still top OS

Quick: Name the most effective desktop operating system available today. Did you say Windows 8? If not, PC World writer Brad Chacos would like to debate you. He just recently wrote that Windows 8, despite its well-publicized problems, ranks as the best desktop OS today. This goes against the trend, obviously, with a long line of critics slamming Windows 8 regularly in the tech press. Is Chacos right? Is Windows 8 unfairly criticized? Have a look at several positive Windows 8 features that Chacos highlights.

More Software

What’s the biggest reason for this love? Chacos points to the enormous library of software that accompanies Windows 8. No other operating system supplies the variety and range of software that accompanies Windows operating systems.

Syncing Matters

Apple’s iCloud service has generated rave reviews. But Chacos writes that Microsoft ought to get more praise for the syncing abilities built into Windows 8. As Chacos writes, you just need a Microsoft online account to immediately sync files, videos, photos and reports to any other computer running Windows 8. You can also immediately synch everything from browser specifications to desktop preferences. This syncing ability very easily outpaces iCloud and the syncing capabilities of any other operating system, Chacos writes.

The Browser

It may seem odd to include Internet Explorer in a list of positives about Windows 8. But the browser has in fact improved hugely in response to Firefox’s popularity. Chacos writes that today Internet Explorer ranks as the top browser natively available on a desktop operating system. And Internet Explorer actually ranks as one of the most secure browsers available according to Symantec.