When Should You Upgrade to the Newest OS?

When Should You Upgrade to the Newest OS?

When Should You Upgrade to the Newest OS?
It’s that time of the year again.  No, we’re not talking about the holiday season, though we are right up against it on the calendar.  We’re talking about the time of the year when major software Operating Systems (OS) are released to the anticipating public.  In recent weeks, Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 and Apple has released its latest version of OS X called Mavericks.

It’s always tempting when you see a new OS touted as having “more than 200 new features” than its predecessor, to go ahead and install it immediately so that you can experience these new features.  However strong the temptation, BEMA strongly recommends waiting.

There are many stories already in the media of people having some significant issues upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. Microsoft had to remove the download for Windows RT 8.1 for a few days to work out a bug that caused some Surface RT tablets to fail to boot after attempting the upgrade.  With Mavericks only being released a few days ago, we expect there may still be some issues with it also.

It has always been BEMA‘s practice with its clients to recommend NOT upgrading to any new OS (Microsoft or Apple) until our engineers have had sufficient time to test it first.  New OS releases are notorious for presenting “challenges” early on, and occasionally those challenges are significant.  Allowing our engineers to determine implementation issues first can mitigate potential downtime in your network.
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