In yesterday’s blog post I mentioned the current state of Microsoft’s OS support announcements.  These announcements can freshly prompt us to consider if a new PC purchase should be on our agenda.

As with so many things in life, the trick is in the timing.  Buy too soon and you might end up with an OS that doesn’t have all the major bugs exterminated.  I think this is what happened to many people who came early to the party with Vista.  Buy too late and you might truncate the useful lifespan of the unit.

Purchasing a new PC should happen at a prime time, fully assessing multiple factors.  The decision will always depend on business needs, technology needs, costs, benefits, and again, optimally timing the ongoing Microsoft OS development cycles.

I pay rapt attention to the early and ongoing OS reviews before diving in headfirst.  Once I have reasonable assurance the newer OS is a smooth, stable system, then I am in the zone for a new machine.  Factoring in the business and IT needs, and the associated costs and benefits of a new PC, then I might take the plunge.  So far, I have been quite successful in maximizing my productivity while minimizing my costs by following this strategy.

Do I always call it perfectly?  What do you think?

Well, at least I derive comfort from the fact it isn’t the first error message to which I’ve had to say “Okay.”

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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