Rather than force a user to abruptly break away from routines that have become easy to perform, I think it might be a good idea to run Windows 7 in a virtual environment on the new platform; provided it is possible to hotkey from the new work environment to the old, and back to the new in a New York minute.
My interest in this came about when after changing from an old fashion notebook to an Ultraboook with a Touch screen I discovered the Start menu has changed, of course. Also, I realized that using a slow browser on a fast platform doesn’t make sense, so I left behind my beloved IE8 with iGoogle homepage and changed to speedy Google Chrome. Then I found myself wondering how to save Favorites, block pop-ups, establish and maintain trust relations, all things I had become somewhat familiar with doing, and now have to consciously think about again.
I am looking forward to making greater use of audio and video processing capabilities in the new 64-bit environment. Since A/V files are large compared document files, and since Gmail offers a substantial advantage in terms of size of attachments over email, I intend to start using Gmail. Therefore how to store my calendar and contacts list on my Ultrabook and smart phone using Gmail is a new consideration.
If you share my interest in exploring the details of installing Windows 7, 32-bit in a virtual environment on an Ultrabook running Windows 8 in 64-bit mode, please let me know. I would like to:
- Carefully plan the installation of the Windows 7 in the virtual environment
- Make the intallation and validate it performance before starting to use it
- Log access to the VM and try an understand why users are reverting to Ole Win 7