In response to an Any Answers question on AccountingWEB, Simon Hurst offers some advice on what to do when your Windows PC expires.
A recent Any Answers question raised the issue of what to do when a hardware failure makes it necessary to replace one computer in a small network. Given that the obvious route is to buy a new computer with the latest operating system and version of Office installed, this leaves you with several options:
- Tarantual in the bananas - accept the fact that one of several computers will be using a different operating system and version of Office
- Lowest common denominator - downgrade the operating system and/or Office version to maintain consistency
- Grasp the nettle - use this as a prompt to initiate a general operating system and application update
- Open to change - conduct a wholesale review of the software infrastructure and consider abandoning Windows and Office altogether
- Dump the desktop - conduct a wholesale review of the whole system and consider moving from an internal network running desktop software to a cloud solution.
Now let's look at the pros and cons of each of these options.
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- Microsoft Office 2010 home page
About the author
Simon Hurst is a former chairman of the ICAEW IT Faculty and runs The Knowledge Base, a consultancy dedicated to helping accountants make effective use of technology. He is a regular contributor to AccountingWEB's ExcelZone and the author of '100 Time-saving Tips for Microsoft Office'. For more information, visit The Knowledge Base website.