Many businesses want to stay “cutting-edge,” but does this mean they have to immediately subscribe to the newest technology available? Windows 8 comes out October 26, but is it worth the cost for businesses to upgrade right away?

The obvious benefits to the new system are the increased speed, modern interface and its ability to integrate with mobile devices, and Windows 8 will run on any machine capable of running Windows 7.

Mike Romp, a senior consultant at SWC Technology Partners in Oak Brook, Ill., explains the changes to TechNewsDaily:

“First, Windows 8 is faster than its predecessor in startup times — much faster. This is due to Windows 8’s ability to hibernate just the system kernel. Second, users who upgrade can run the new Windows 8 applications. This probably won’t be a deciding factor for many organizations, but the number of Windows 8 applications is expanding every day. Eventually, users will be able to run the exact same applications across all devices, from desktops to tablets to smartphones.”

Windows 8 is also the first Microsoft desktop modeled for touch screens.

According to TechNewsDaily, boot times will be “halved in some cases”, and Windows 8 also “speeds up software installs and allows updates without restarts.”

“There are a lot of minor tweaks that probably won’t affect the average user,” Romp said.

So, will your business see a big payoff from this upgrade? It depends on the nature of your office. If your employees are on the go and do a lot of work from different mobile devices, the upgrade could really enhance efficiency – but if not, you may be able to hold off until your office is ready to buy and has time for the additional user training.