Windows 8: Is It Worth The Upgrade?

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Windows 8: Is It Worth The Upgrade?
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Windows 8 has been at the forefront of discussion for the weeks leading up to its launch on Friday. The company says that Windows 8 is the future – a world where traditional desktop computing and touch computing can live in harmony. A future where all your content is at your fingertips at all times. So is the future worth it?

What do you think of Windows 8? Are you going to upgrade? Let us know in the comments.

Windows 8 is drastically different from anything else on the market at this time. The usually conservative Microsoft is taking a big bet on the general consumer this time around instead of catering to its usual enterprise crowd. It’s that bet on the consumer that may hurt its enterprise adoption.

The most obvious change is the new start menu. Upon booting up, Windows 8 now presents you with a screen of multi-colored blocks called “Live Tiles” that feature all of your content front and center. All of your music, videos, pictures, games and more are made readily available for your consumption.

The same goes for apps – a major driving force for Windows 8. Microsoft wants to emulate the success of Apple’s App Store with its own Windows Store. It’s a carefully curated marketplace of apps built specifically for Windows 8. A number of companies, including Google, Skype and Netflix, have already produced apps for Windows 8. Unfortunately, there’s still not enough apps in the marketplace to have it replace the traditional desktop operating system.

Windows 8 worth the upgrade

There may not be enough apps for consumers, but some enterprise customers are making great use of Windows 8’s focus on apps. eWeek reports that Twentieth Century Fox has created a Windows 8 B2B app so its customers can browse through all the television series available for purchase. The app also displays information and assets for TV series from within the app. The company said Windows 8 provided them a way to make their sales app “more sexy and exciting.”

There are numerous other stories of enterprise customers who are using Windows 8 apps to connect directly with customers. For instance, Rooms To Go, a furniture retailer, built a Windows 8 app that its salespeople use at stores. With it, the consumer can add what they need to a virtual shopping cart and check out without having to carry anything around. The consumer friendly approach of Windows 8 is seemingly a good fit for consumer oriented businesses.

Will Windows 8 be good for consumer focused businesses? Let us know in the comments.

What about the enterprise customer with a large internal workforce? Microsoft is already forcing these businesses’ hands by making Office 2013 only available on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Those who are still using Windows XP will have to upgrade to at least Windows 7 to get the latest features.

Windows 8 worth the upgrade

Microsoft sees the upgrade as only a good thing. ZDNET reports that Microsoft Australia business group lead Tina Flammer says that Windows 8 is positioned to handle the “top worry” for CIOs – managing a mobile workforce with a broad range of devices. Whether or not that’s the top worry, Microsoft is confident that businesses will come around to Windows 8 sooner or later because it offers advanced security and management on “no compromise devices that everybody loves.”

Windows 8 worth the upgrade

No matter how much Microsoft spins it, however, some businesses still can’t help but feel that Windows has abandoned the enterprise market. Doug Johnson, head of risk management policy at the American Bankers Association told Reuters that “Windows 8 is, frankly, more of a consumer platform than it is a business platform.” He went on to say that “there is really no additional business functionality that Windows 8 gives you that I can see.”

Windows 8 might have been more popular among enterprise customers if they didn’t already have a better alternative in Windows 7. A lot of enterprise customers are just now starting to move off of Windows XP after Vista failed to excite them, and nobody wants to move to a new OS so soon after an upgrade. Besides, Windows 7 is more familiar to Windows XP, an operating system that employees have probably been using for over a decade.

The move to Windows 7 may be the last major change among enterprise customers for some time. Michael Silver, an analyst at tech research firm Gartner, told Reuters that he expects 90 percent of large organization to not “deploy Windows 8 broadly.” Even worse, he expects only 20 percent of PCs in large corporations to be equipped with Windows 8.

So, it all comes down to one question – should you upgrade to Windows 8? At the moment, it’s not really worth it. The operating system doesn’t have enough going for it to make the upgrade worth it for consumers or enterprise. The app store is relatively barren and lacks a number of important apps – Facebook and Twitter – that are important to consumers. The amount of work required to retrain an entire workforce to use the new start menu and a desktop without a start button would take too long and cost too much.

With that being said, Windows 8 shows tremendous promise. The current Windows 8 apps being built for consumer interaction are pretty exciting. Building those apps, however, require the kind of resources that not all businesses have or are willing to spare. Microsoft will most assuredly work on making Windows 8 easier to deploy across the workplace, but it’s going to take some time.

Do you see Windows 8 benefitting your business in any way? Or are you taking a wait and see approach? Let us know in the comments.

For consumers interested in Windows 8, Microsoft is currently running a deal where existing Windows XP, Vista or 7 owners can upgrade to WIndows 8 for only $39.99. As far as Windows goes, that’s a fantastic deal that might help Microsoft gain some traction among the consumer market. As for enterprise customers, you already have your own special option.

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  • http://www.crosslinktech.com Karl Egenberger

    Not likely to upgrade. Probably good for bored consumers but not for business. Not worth the learning curve. A better way would have been to ask customers what they want and need. Looks like a useless gadget.

  • http://www.crosslinktech.com Karl Egenberger

    Not likely to upgrade our business computers. There in no real benefit, just cost.

  • http://gavinbrooks.com Gavin

    Yes I shall upgrade, I agree with change and do like the benefits of having a syncronished multi-device platform system.
    Windows 8 brings the future closer…

    • Bradley

      yes but what if you don’t like the windows phones then that takes away from the usefulness.

    • intrepix

      Just wondering how Windows ME and Vista worked out for you but then if Windows 8 is a benefit, how is it that MS came out with Windows 8.1 or was that just another example of how they provide a beta OS in transition ?
      Fact, I have Windows 7 upgrade which needs to have Windows XP installed with all the SPI, SP2 updates which include all the related drivers, bios settings and Directx, etc.
      Problem is once you get all of that done, you discover there’s a 15 pages of directions on how to upgrade Windows 7 using Windows media transfer and another drive. What MS doesn’t tell you is, what comes next. The endless updates that won’t install, the bios changes, the driver changes, the error codes, the blue screen and this is a prelude to what comes with Windows 8 upgrade as Windows 7 needs SPI and another long line of needs that won’t install, can’t install but they provide plenty of error codes to which they “suggest” how to find solutions to. If this is your idea of the future, I’ll opt out for something that actually works like ANY of the Linux choices which include Apple because it just works without the eye candy, the bloatware or somebody’s idea on what the future brings.

  • Nextcoves

    Its a bit like an old tart masquerading as a young one. Unfortunately all the old wrinkles are still there, just behind more cosmetics.

  • lowbug

    For sure! Have you seen it its a work of art!
    Very impressed, going to be rolling out win8 across our estate :)

  • Angy

    It’s ugly.

  • https://dukeinsuranceagency.com/ Duke Insurance

    Microsoft, Google and Facebook have become time-eating monsters that are zapping productivity. Just as we get setup to be effective, one of them changes the game. Help!!

  • http://www.konzertkarten-und-tickets.de Andrea

    I will use it.

  • http://www.konzertkarten-und-tickets.de Andrea

    very good, I’ll use it.

    • intrepix

      Seems to be an echo going on with your post but then do you really believe anyone actually cares what you use ? If Windows ever had a time when it was without problems, I fail to remember when or what version although I saw Windows ME and Vista as being nothing more than a cash grab. I suspect MS is working very hard on coming up with another version that will fill everyone’s dreams as they continue to fill MS profit margins with more cash.

  • http://www.seoexploration.com Fred Morgan

    Having lived with Microsoft since 3.0 and NT up to win7 I used to appreciate all the new attributes and styles as they changed and got better (maybe not vista so much). Win8 does not offer me anything that I need as I don’t want a facebook, twitter, google+ type platform to work from. Great for the sellers peddling their wares which I don’t want to deal with.
    Looks like Win7 is where we get off the train and stick with Win7 and maybe revisit the unix – linux platforms for future growth.

  • michael

    Money for microsoft and hardship for me to change.


      Yes I agree it is really drastic change from win XP to win 8 I really like it very much

  • http://dailyprayer.us Mason Barge

    I installed it, and I’m sorry. I wish I had Windows 7 back. I like the way it looks just fine. The problem is, they have tried to turn the desktop PC into a tablet.

    This is the worst Windows OS yet. (Well, maybe the second worst after Win ME.) Just shutting down the computer now takes four steps instead of 1 1/2, and it’s not at all intuitive.

  • http://www.e-rabatkoder.dk Rabatkode

    I’m not likely to upgrade from Windows 7 until a year from now. I’ll first see that windows 8 is as perfect as Windows XP and then would upgrade.

  • http://www.digitalfocus.co.uk John Snowden

    Just another tired role out of the same basic programe warts and all. Why go to the expense of upgrading when there is nothing new in the makeup or delivery, if you want to use FB and the rest use it, it is still accessable through the normal channels. I think Microsoft could become great if they bug proofed the software that is available before they try another platform full of them. My business is happy with its platform, it has been stable and running for a few years upgrade after upgrade has made it fairly bullet proof, so I and my company will not be adding to MS coffers on this one.

  • Chris in Chicago

    Windows 8 may be the push I needed to switch to Apple.

    For a long time I have considered switching to an Apple computer. But I resisted because I was so used to the Microsoft-based products. Since Windows 8 is such a radical change from Windows XP and Windows 7, I may as well make the change now.

    Plus, there have to be other benefits switching to Apple if I already have an iPhone and an iPad.

    Thank you, Microsoft.

    • intrepix

      It appears you’ve came to the same conclusions as I have as its either, or when it comes to MS Windows. I have had every version of MS DOS, Windows and I believe Microsoft Windows will forever be a Beta OS in transition. I bought into Windows 8, don’t like it, don’t want it and I sure don’t want to try 8.1 as the reviews are worse than Win 8 and they didn’t impress me at all. Its time to consider the choices, the costs, what you really need and how big the learning curve might be. Meanwhile, Windows 9 will be along soon enough as MS will be looking for another cash injection and Win 8 or 8.1 isn’t going to meet their expectations. Repackage with some new screen shots and voila, another MS version appears

  • Anthony

    I will NOT be upgrading. I am very disappointed that they chose to make the windows OS more like a mobile device. I understand it has a “Desktop” mode but it is still not like a desktop, no traditional start menu, you must return to the stupid Metro to access programs. Why didn’t they just build different OS’s and let us chose what one works for us in our own hardware. Or at least made the desktop mode a setting that is permanent with a start button. A business is more suited for the traditional windows desktop with a desktop computer. It makes no sense to have an OS made for touch controls when 100% of your uses require mouse and keyboard control. It also makes no sense to have an OS made for mobile device on a desktop computer. Are we living in bizarro world here? What’s next, will microsoft come out with a smart phone or tablet that has a standard mouse and keyboard?

  • Craig

    I run a pc business proving support and new systems for both home and business users. None of my businesses are likely to upgrade and we wont be selling it to consumers unless they really want it. We pride ourselves on knowledge and support levels and windows 8 will make this more difficult for us in the short term.

  • Janet

    We send out info to 300+ health and social care providers twice each week, on 50 weeks of the year. Trouble is I cannot yet standardise on a .docx format as some of my customers have not yet upgraded to Windows7. Sorry Microsoft, this is a very bad moment to try to get businesses to upgrade – the money to do so just is not there. So until all of my customers have upgraded to windows 7 I cannot do so – Windows8? forget it!!

    • Jake


      With regard to you .docx issue, it is not necessary for all those recipients to upgrade to Windows 7 or even a new version of Office. There is a free download called the Compatibility Pack which will allow any Office user to view the new .docx, .xlsx, etc. files. Or, heck, just save your files in an oder format so that there is no issue to begin with.

      Just like everythimg in the world, there is a solution. If people want to make things difficult, that is an option too. But I find more people complaining about things that are moot, and if they would take 10% of that energy to find a solution there wouldn’t be a problem.

      I don’t see myself moving to Windows 8 right now, but not because someone thinks it is an Apple rip off (by the way, Apple have ripped off just as much as MS over the years…read up on their corporate history), or because it doesn’t have a start menu (who cares, most people I know don’t even know what s Start Menu is, or because it is targeted toward touch-screen devices. I like 7 and I think they blew it by releasing it so soon after 7. MS just doesn’t communicate within their own company. They are so huge and so powerful, they just don’t care anymore…and unlike Apple (and I am no big fan of them either…don’t get me started), they don’t understand consumers. So, although I think 8 has plenty to offer and it may find its niche, it is just poorly planned, poorly timed, and as usual MS just misses the point completely.

  • http://ithinqware.org Dan Elliott

    Here’s the thing. Since windows 95 MS has rested solely on it’s ability to ripoff apple.

    Now, 5 years after the iphone launch, they make their own play for a unique OS and phone integration.

    But since ripping off apple can end up in lawsuits, (samsung) they’ve stuck their neck out on a hail mary pass.

    Bottom line. The ship has sailed. And there’s no room for MS.

    And a weary Nation sighs relief.

  • VJ

    Heck, I’m still using XP and may till the end of time.

  • Vote for Romney Idiots

    All this talk is putting me off from buying Windows 8. No start menu? Doesn’t work like XP or Windows 7? I don’t even have a freaking cell phone. I don’t like to be bothered while on the road so I’m not too familiar with this mobile like interface. I’ll be checking out Apple. I loved Windows for years.

  • Alexey

    I’ve tried and tested Windows 8, conclusion: I will not switch, because I think this OS is developed more for tablets, not for desktops (very uncomfortable UI). So, I’ll stick with Windows 7, and if Microsoft won’t release something new in 3-4 years, I’ll fully switch to UNIX-based system.

  • http://www.blocktar.com/ FreeStar

    Upgrade to THAT? LOL! Microsoft seems to have shot itself in the foot with this one (again!).

    It’s a joke. It’s ugly. It’s useless to my business or anythinmg else I use my pc for. I want the ease, beauty and productivity of a Win 7 pc. If I want a tablet I buy one.

    When I need a new pc I’ll buy a Win 7 OS on a disk with it, then lock in a safe to keep it accessible until something better comes along.

  • Billy Bob

    Bought a Win 8 laptop the other day as I needed a new laptop but actually gone straight back to the stop with it as after reading all the reviews I could, I much prefer Win 7. See ya Win 8!

  • Gregory Hallam

    No way will I upgrade. I want the immediate and hard access to the guts of a computer that can do some serious haulage … not some dumbed down tabletesque touchy-feely finger jabbing to a Fisher Price Toy computer limited to what a tablet can do. Microsoft will lose billions through this as hard core users and companies desert the OS in droves. I will hang on to Win7 as long as I can and then probably migrate to Apple or Linux derivatives. RIP Microsoft. Bye!

  • http://www.flailingmonkey.com Mike Ratcliffe

    Tried it and hated it, what the heck are Microsoft thinking?

    Once there are more apps it will be an okay OS for tablets but it doesn’t make any sense on a desktop PC.

    Catastrophic failure.

    • intrepix

      MS conspires with the hardware manufacturers who play consumer games with their drivers and software. MS comes out with a new OS and they fail to provide the drivers or software which forces everyone to buy new hardware.

      Pushing that agenda along, they come out with new types of connectors, wires, adapters while dumping some of the older architecture which renders millions, if not billions, in hardware to the recycle. I actually had a printer/fax/copier for less than 4 months before I was informed there will not be any software or drivers for Windows XXX. This has been going on for years and anyone who has been paying any attention to the number of updates coming from MS and the major vendors like Nvidia would be quick to realize just how many new drivers come with more bloatware although Firefox, Adobe and a long list of others can barely keep up with all the Windows issues that provide the error’s, freeze ups and blue screens with endless reboots. Spend your cash on a new Mac as Microsoft is exploiting consumers in too many ways. Update this !

  • http://www.businesscarddispensers.co.uk/ jt

    I think 8 is for sales. Something “different” just for it’s own sake.
    XP worked well, was accepted by most, and, if they had only made XP
    “impeccable” e.g. with added security and less conflicts, than I think they could have made a winner, called e.g XP-10, or some other name.
    As 8 is, I think they may have alienated many office workers without any
    guarantee of pleasing the consumers. Not a happy choice.

    • Hector in Hollywood

      Microsoft is the master of ‘me too’. Let someone else come up with an innovation and shortly you’ll see MS take a couple of 2x4s, bang in a few nails, wrap it in duct tape and – voila – the new product. Let’s look at history .. Win 98 worked, Win ME crap, Win XP worked, Vista crap, Win 7 worked … you do the math. To further confuse the situation for the consumer, there’s Win 8 RT versus Win 8. Gimme a break. Half baked marketing reflects the half baked code. Most of our fleet will remain on XP Pro, a few will be allowed to Win 7, zero are migrating to 8. There’s a good number for you, ZERO. As in MAC 10, WIN 0.

  • Mark Bluemer

    I really don’t get why everyone hates it. I mean maybe being a teen I’m more open to change but I tested Windows 8 Consumer Preview and absolutely loved it….ON A DESKTOP! It’s plenty smooth with a mouse and keyboard and everything (and I mean EVERYTHING, from start up and shut down to switching between programs) seems much faster and smoother. I also think it’s a great idea to make one OS that will work on everything from your smart phone and your tablet to your desktop. That’s truly the universal use of technology that’s needed for the future. And yes, the windows marketplace may start out a little empty but in Windows 7 you don’t even have access to apps! For desktop and laptop users apps are just added bonuses. And for everyone who hate the MetroUI on a desktop, you don’t even need to use it. Think of it as a full screen start menu.

    So seriously, stop hating on Microsoft just because you don’t welcome change. They’re thinking toward the future of technology and I think that’s exactly what should be focused on.

    • Anthony

      There is no “apps” on a Win 7? They are called software, Apps are just software applications, so yes there are thousands of apps available.

      You DO have to use Metro, how do you not use it and then treat it like a full page start menu? What we’re talking about is added steps to get to anything, thus making it more complicated and longer to get anything done. I think another commenter said it takes an additional 2 1/2 steps just to shut down.

      I also don’t agree with the universal os argument. With any device, it’s about the application of the hardware, what it’s being used for. If I’m using a tablet for mobile uses, it may be great, if my main use of the hardware is for business applications, it does not make any sense. It makes just about as much sense to use a universal engine to power everything from small cars to giant buses or trucks and bulldozers. Your OS should be refined and optimized for the uses you intend to use the hardware for.

  • Dee

    They are trying to control the PC – lock out others and call it security, make you purchase from MS with them getting a % of sales, yeah right, I’ll never use this OS. I like the freedom.

  • Joe

    Absolutely love it. I can safely say that the vast majority of people commenting negatively here have not actually tried it for real. That’s for sure. I use both Win 7 and a Mac and mark my words, this is far and out the sleekest OS you have seen so far. Computing as it should have always been. Just love it.

  • http://www.cool-and-quiet.co.uk/notebook_and_laptop_cooling_tray_C129.html Ryan Smith

    I’m on the fence on this one. It feels like I’m so happy with Windows 7 that I won’t see any benefit from upgrading to Windows 8 (even with the £25 upgrade deal available at the moment). Although it does seem to be primarily for the consumer rather than the business I’m not sure that I can see myself being really happy with having to ‘train myself’ to figuring out yet another operating system. I’ve tweaked Windows 7 to my exact needs and I know that I’ll feel very despondent once I switch and have to retrain myself to familiarise myself with Windows 8.

    Whilst writing this I think I’ve just convinced myself to stay with Windows 7 until absolutely necessary to switch to Windows 8. Hopefully that change will be later rather than sooner.

  • DC

    As a business user already upgraded to Win 7, and satisfied, happy, from all that I’ve read and heard, it will be a bleak, cold day that I go to 8. Why do people change? Have Microsoft and Adobe, etc., all the software folks, have they all forgotten why people change? People change because they experience limitations, great limitations at times, and are open and looking for something better. Not just because the software people started with a model of business that was based upon frequent upgrades, because the software was getting better and better, solving problems, really enhancing capabilities. They’ve hit the wall of the learning curve. To make a better word processor than the current, hard to imagine in the extreme. I’m not a stick in the mud, and I do like Windows 7, but I could have stayed with Windows XP for another decade with no problem or complaint. It worked. I wasn’t unhappy. No interest in Windows 8.

  • http://renowakinggirl.com gertie

    I am definitely upgrading, mainly because I am due for a new computer. Fast Company did a recent article about Windows 8 that sold me on the upgrade. Windows 8 is not just an OS, it’s a new way of thinking that puts design at the forefront. We have hit limitations. It is time for a design-oriented platform. I recently upgraded to Microsoft 2010 and I was shocked at how much time (and money) the switch saved me. I can do things now in one click that used to take five. Of course there were a few hours of frustration, but once I got the hang of it, it was like driving a luxury car. No way am I going back to the beater! I played with Windows 8 in-store and there’s not much to be concerned about. The classic view is a button away. For enterprise customers, an upgrade to touchscreen computers with Windos 8 could mean fewer work-related injuries, fewer breaks, etc. The touchscreen allows use of different muscles, giving your mouse arm a break!

  • http://taylodl.wordpress.com Don Taylor

    Win 8 is not a big bet on Microsoft’s part. It’s a design by committee OS trying to appeal simultaneously to both the consumer and enterprise markets. It’s missing the mark for both. In the enterprise market the largest competitor is Win 7. And since many enterprises have only recently migrated to Win 7, at great expense, they have no stomach or money for upgrading to Win 8 in the near future. Meanwhile in the consumer market iOS and Android devices are well-entrenched – with hundreds of millions of sales world-wide. The consumer market is also very price-sensitive and Microsoft has positioned itself as being a premium brand though it has little history of delivering premium products. And let’s face it: WinRT is not a premium product. Which is ironic. The Surface hardware appears to be pretty good but the software is lacking. Isn’t Microsoft supposed to be a software company?

    In the end, new machines will be sold with Win 8 pre-installed and since millions will be sold Microsoft will claim success. Too bad we, and their shareholders, know it’s a Pyrrhic victory.

  • Ken

    Windows 8 offers no benefits Windows 7 doesn’t provide me. Even if I was buying a new computer I would custom order it with Windows 7. The only place Windows 8 might be successful is on tablets and PCs with touch screens. If you don’t need the touch, by the time you disable the unnecessary components you have Windows 7. Absolutely no reason to upgrade.

    • Michael

      I have to agree, Ken. Windows 8 is not something I am interested in having on one of my desktops or laptops. If [and when] it comes down to it, I’ll switch to Linux full time.

  • Jan Greeff

    Happily, I’m out of this. My free, stable, virus-free Linux-based Ubuntu is serving al my needs, thanks very much.

  • SpamExterminator

    if I wanted a SmartPhone I’d buy one. The only thing that may B cool about it is the touch screen but hey guess what they had them all the way back to windows 98 if U buy the right screen and install its software.

  • Steve

    I love Windows 8! As usual with dramatic ground breaking innovations from Microsoft, Linux did it first. Ubuntu, far and away the most popular Linux based OS, released a new version with a touch-screen-centric user interface in April. Like Windows 8, it can be used with a mouse and keyboard but was not designed for that purpose, and represents a major regression in UI usability and workflow efficiency on desktop machines. Some users like it – principally, those who use their desktop computer as a media portal and shopping venue, and rarely if ever use a computer for anything more complex than composing e-mail or posting on Facebook.

    As the older “built for desktop users” Ubuntu 10.x approaches the end of its life cycle, users are abandoning Ubuntu en masse to avoid the Unity desktop. Most of them are migrating to other Linux distributions like Mint, that offer all the convenience – and the massive Free Software repository – of Ubuntu, but focus on user productivity rather than user exploitation.

    Gartner recently projected current trends to predict that by 2016, Microsoft will lose its position as the world’s most widely installed OS vendor. But they did not take into account the likely rejection of Windows 8 by many formerly captive markets among desktop computer users. Independent usability testing indicates that long time non-technical users – Microsoft’s more reliably locked-in market – find the Windows 8 interface confusing and counter-intuitive. Those who test drive before they buy are likely to look for alternatives to Windows 8, because they will fail to figure out how to use Windows 8 on their first attempt.

    In the consumer market, Apple products have never been as popular as they are today. In the enterprise and technical arenas, the major Linux distributions are way more than just “ready for” the desktop – they already beat Microsoft on performance, usability and TCO.

    Ubuntu’s management and developers are fully committed to the “desktop is dead” paradigm, and it has broken the back of their enterprise. We can only hope that Microsoft’s real competitors are already gearing up to exploit a similar backlash against Windows 8, and will grab a major – dare we hope dominant? – share of the productivity oriented enterprise markets.

    When Microsoft loses, everyone wins. In the enterprise, Microsoft drives costs up, security and reliability down. No one escapes Microsoft’s destructive impact: All of us share one Internet with the rotting, crumbling, worm and botnet infested Microsoft family of operating systems. Every botnet infected machine on the network is running a Microsoft operating system, and those botnets are the primary source of spam, phishing, and denial of service attacks.

    Because it can only reduce Microsoft’s market share, I love Windows 8!

    • Derek Porter

      As a dedicated Linux user, I have to agree regarding the Ubuntu Unity desktop. It is a pain and it looks as if Win 8 has followed suit.

  • Maddi

    Contrary to what people think they want, I think Windows 8 is a good idea in that it is more similar to the smart phone and tablet operating systems which seem to be the way things are going. I’ve gotten so used to using Android and I think that will help me migrate to Windows 8. But I’ll be waiting until I need a new computer and peripherals which will be a few years yet. By then there’ll be more aps and less bugs if it proves buggy.

  • http://www.adovationz.co.nz Digmen1

    Yes, as a desktop only user I love Windows 7.
    Unless I hear of amazing benefits that I need I would not bother to move to 8.
    It is getting harder to find new features for OS and Office type products.
    Why not just make the OS code smaller and faster.

  • http://www.boneart.co.nz Don Campbell

    Not for us.
    Our PCs are workhorses not toys so why would we want them looking or working like the smartphones that are a pain to use as well.
    We have literally a hundred links to sites and apps we use daily for our work on the desktops all nicely grouped to fit our individual work flows.
    Windows 8 offers us nothing over windows 7 but a more cramped workspace with its tiles and certainly no extra features that a business would need for PCs.
    Probably good for tablets but we don’t use them and that brings us to the next issue for us. We are photographers and graphic artists and have spent thousands on special monitors for that work. The last thing you want to do is get grubby fingerprints all over a monitor you are trying to use for accurate colour proofing etc. so the whole touch screen thing is a waste of time for us.
    Microsoft should remember that in business in particular the whole touch screen, apps for everything, media/social media focus, smart operating systems and apps that THINK they know what you want to do or write next is nothing more than an annoyance and distraction for people trying to do real work. Leave that for the toys, the phones and the tablets and let us have an operating system that does what we want, when we want and how we want.

  • http://www.kenavellino.com Ken Avellino

    Windows 8 is an excellent OS with a poorly thought out UI. Touch screens in a desktop environment are undesirable interface. After moving your hands and shoulder up to touch the screen extreme tiredness and eventually pain develop. If carpel tunnel syndrome has been a problem what till users see the problems trying to use a vertical touch screen becomes. The Windows 8 UI will be a great hit in the tablet and phone market, but a poor and dangerous choice for desktop users. I predict that at some point MicroSoft will create a “standard” UI for Windows 8 maybe call it Windows 9 and give users a choice.

    As a desktop user I don’t see any reason to migrate and the user interface gives me a very good reason not to become a Windows 8 user.

    • Todd

      If windows 8 is all about touch screens like it seems to be in the advertizements then there is no point in it. Since the job market is so bad and I can’t find a job that pays over $10 an hour, I can’t afford to buy a touch screen…lol…I do get tired of Windows Vista and its blue screens and crashes, but this UI looks like it would be more of a pain in the *&%$ than its worth. I wish I could afford a mac.

  • http://www.netcommercial.net Netcommercial

    As a person who uses their computer to render video. I am not interested in having all my media front and center for one. Having it cached and ready to go. Sounds a lot like an outlook program running in the background. NO THANKS.
    I am still using XP pro and just now that Win 8 is out, I think it MIGHT be safe to get WIN7 with pk1. I do use Win7 on my laptops but do not use any of the so called new features available to it. As far as upgrades go, I only upgrade if it is absolutely necessary to open something. Even at that, I still have to decide if the “juice is worth the squeeze.” Meaning is the thing that is asking me to upgrade or install, worth my time and creating a restore point. Microsoft may lose many businesses to an Open Source O.S. Although the money is in the trend it seems. Might be a good time for that ‘other’ open source O.S to step in?…

  • Bob

    I will not upgrade to Windows 8 unless I have no choice. Windows 7 was bad enough that I spent several days making modifications to make it work the way I want to work. From what I have seen, that will not be possible with windows 8.

    First of all, I have a lot of programs that I only use occasionally. Why would I want to have to wade through all of them on the screen at one time. I want to have quick access to the ones I use regularly and then be able to get to the others as I need.

    Secondly, a touch screen works fine for a tablet or smartphone but makes no sense when using a desktop. From what I have read, windows 8 does not work all that well with a mouse.

    Also, I tend to have several windows open at any given time. According to what I have read, that will not be possible with Windows 8 (I thought the idea with windows was to have WINDOWS!)

    I will be taking a much closer look at other options such as linux but do not see much likelihood that I will go the way Microsoft is trying to force me.

    I will use win 7 until such time as I can find an alternative OS that will do what I need and let me do things the way I want to.

  • Lisa

    I have been using Windows 8 for several months and will not ever go back to Windows 7. The interface works absolutely flawlessly with the mouse (despite what some people have read), and the ability to see active tiles on startup before working on the desktop is fantastic: I know what to deal with and where to go prior to opening any program. The ease of moving between the two interfaces is ideal and the extra screen resolution is perfect for work. Any programs I want to have installed but not showing on the start screen I install and then remove the tile. Just as I removed the icon of others on the desktop or removed the entry from the start menu. The speed improvements, the far greater useability, the mixed mode (best of both worlds), the enhanced security make Windows 8 not just a better choice than Windows 7, but the only choice. I use it both at home and in the enterprise and every end user I have applied it to is up and running within 10 minutes to an hour (depending on skill and intelligence level). The usual anti-Microsoft garbage (just try to imagine where computers would be if Apple had dominated – actually you can see it with ipads – still the same as when launched with no real innovation) and the fear factor of the unknown are really the only issues here. Every program I ran on Windows 7 runs flawlessly, including legacy 16-bit apps. All my games run better (including Oblivion and Skyrim) and my home machine is now getting on for 4 years old. The full version runs far better than Win 7 on my Samsung tablet and the touch screen interface on RT is fantastic, the windows is a little clumsy in some aspects but that is mostly because I was still trying to use it in mouse-mode rather than touch mode. As usual, the same round of MS bashers emerge with each new OS explaining why they will never use it: if you are still on XP why even commend? Really – you like an outdated OS with massive flaws that can’t handle new software or new hardware, that’s your issue. You like Win 7 – but bagged it out when it came out. You bagged out Win XP when it came out. Win 8 is very enterprise ready, more so than XP ever was, and when combined with 2008 R2 or, even better, 2012, it is a fantastic OS that needs to be used for longer than 5 mins to be believed.

  • http://theakurians.com Colonel Robert F. Cunningham

    “The most obvious change is the new start menu. Upon booting up, Windows 8 now presents you with a screen of multi-colored blocks called “Live Tiles” that feature all of your content front and center. All of your music, videos, pictures, games and more are made readily available for your consumption.”

    Obviously they didn’t learn a damned thing from AOL’s original index page … filled with every clap-trap the screen could hold … guaranteeing a long waste of user’s time searching for whatever they needed …

    Do these people lay awake nights thinking up new ways to be stupid the next day? Government does and it must be contagious!

    Colonel Robert F. Cunningham,

  • http://thafederation.com Mr Shank

    I am happy with Windows 7. No need for an upgrade.

  • http://Mabuzi.com kevin

    Another upgrade!!!! Like Adobe you keep paying and paying for more.

    Will these desktop apps steal your data like the twitter app did on my i-phone without permission?

  • Joe Reichert

    I put Win 8 Pro on one desktop – liked it so much that I put it on 2 more desktops and a laptop. This thing really rocks. Just take a little time to learn the ins and outs of the OS. You will be rewarded with a fine computing experience, better than any other.

  • fos

    wouldnt touch the thing with a mouse on the end of a baseball bat until we see if it actually works with anything but spy ware.
    My advise, if you realy want to get it, keep a complete back up computer with xp working before relying on it before you spend hours and days getting it to work with anything.
    Or get an Imac

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