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Windows 8 (first look)

Started by Data, October 18, 2011, 17:50:23 PM

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Will you buy Windows 8?

Yes
1 (9.1%)
No
5 (45.5%)
Maybe
2 (18.2%)
Undecided
3 (27.3%)

Total Members Voted: 10

Diesel

I would simply love to voice my opinion on this, however, Data hasn't told me yet what my opinion should be, therefore, I shall keep my unknown opinion to myself.  :P
It WILL be fine !...

DaveMorton

Back when my main focus with computers was gaming, I felt much the same way, but with my primary interests and goals shifting over to a more web-based realm, the OS really matters little, since the same apps and tools that I'm currently using have either a direct, *nix-based version, or at the very least, a similar app that does the same job, and sometimes, with better bells & whistles. I've never really cared how "polished" an OS looks, so long as it does what I need it to do without my having to pull out gobs of hair in the process. I plainly remember each and every time I've advanced from one OS to the next, there was that ball of fear, lodged in the middle of my throat, making me wonder if I were making the right decision, and in each and every instance (save for the "Migraine Edition", of course - I avoided Vista, so it doesn't count!), that fear has proven pointless. Am I done rambling now? Yeah, I think so. :)
Safe, Reliable Insanity, Since 1961!

Freddy

I will be sticking with W7 for a few years yet.  Getting 8 I don't see as viable as 7 has a lot of life in it and works so well - also I just can't be bothered to 'upgrade' for a new GUI.  I had no trouble missing out Vista (phew), so missing this is no biggy.  It will be interesting to see how successful or not this new OS will be though, but apart from that well pffft...

sybershot

QuoteGood post Syber, not sin bin worthy, sorry : Grin
Dough!!!!

Latest news about those windows 8 pc's is that they will not be shipped until after the release date. more can be found here. http://www.informationweek.com/windows/microsoft-news/windows-8-pcs-on-sale-with-a-catch/240008630

I have a laptop with vista, and to be honest I have not had any troubles with it that where due to the os. Besides it being slower to boot than windows 7, I really have no complaints with vista.

However My main rig has windows 7 and I am constantly on it, My laptop is 17" and weighs a lot so it is not really portable. If it was not for my laptop having a web camera built in and Skype installed, my laptop would virtually get no use.

when I had windows 8 preview installed on my laptop I got a lot more use out of it, mainly with-in the metro area. I used a few live tiles for a quick view of information like weather and news. I also played more games on it, using the Wacom tablet to simulate the touch experience. My kids also asked to use the laptop more often and had fun playing all the metro app games.

I think I will upgrade to windows 8 for my laptop, just so my laptop can get more use, seeing I paid a pretty penny for it.

other than I would not upgrade to windows 8 for windows 7 does all that I need. A few live tiles and a few apps would not justify it for me to upgrade my windows 7 machines. If I was in the market for a new machine or building one, I would defiantly want windows 8 installed.

Art

While waiting for my car to be serviced I just read a pretty extensive review in this month's PC Magazine about Win 8.  The review was non-biased and testing appeared to be completely objective. It was the results that were anything but good.

Apparently Microsoft is going to do a lot of their own development and building instead of farming a lot out to 3rd party sources. The reviewer along with some other well respected brainiacs believe that Microsoft is soon going to prioritize pretty much everything within the OS to the point that one will HAVE to go through THEM instead of 3rd party vendors. The article stated that such action will certainly "drive people away from Microsoft" to another more forgiving platform.

Microsoft's Metro Tiles in Win8 certainly leaves a lot to be desired and seems to be anything BUT user intuitive! Like they threw a different desktop over Win7 and called it Win8. Even with some of the enhancements of this new OS, the article said that the bulk of users would likely stick with their Windows 7 for quite a while. I guess...If it ain't broke, don't fix it!!

The word, Linux was brought to mind in a following article along with a detailed description of how far and how well developed it has become. It's also OPEN SOURCE (FREE), installs with a "Live CD" if desired, installs easily and practically finds everything connected to your computer. Look up UBUNTU as that is one distro that was mentioned as being one of the ones to go to if one desires to make the switch to the other side!!

And the beat goes on....

Duskrider

My wife has had a vista since they came out.   
It's never been any trouble and works as good as first day.

(It's always good to give the little woman her own computer)

DaveMorton

Quote from: Duskrider on October 11, 2012, 08:17:57 AM
My wife has had a vista since they came out.   
It's never been any trouble and works as good as first day.

(It's always good to give the little woman her own computer)

Safe, Reliable Insanity, Since 1961!

sybershot


Data

Quote from: Art on October 11, 2012, 01:34:37 AM
While waiting for my car to be serviced I just read a pretty extensive review in this month's PC Magazine about Win 8.  The review was non-biased and testing appeared to be completely objective. It was the results that were anything but good.

Apparently Microsoft is going to do a lot of their own development and building instead of farming a lot out to 3rd party sources. The reviewer along with some other well respected brainiacs believe that Microsoft is soon going to prioritize pretty much everything within the OS to the point that one will HAVE to go through THEM instead of 3rd party vendors. The article stated that such action will certainly "drive people away from Microsoft" to another more forgiving platform.

Microsoft's Metro Tiles in Win8 certainly leaves a lot to be desired and seems to be anything BUT user intuitive! Like they threw a different desktop over Win7 and called it Win8. Even with some of the enhancements of this new OS, the article said that the bulk of users would likely stick with their Windows 7 for quite a while. I guess...If it ain't broke, don't fix it!!

The word, Linux was brought to mind in a following article along with a detailed description of how far and how well developed it has become. It's also OPEN SOURCE (FREE), installs with a "Live CD" if desired, installs easily and practically finds everything connected to your computer. Look up UBUNTU as that is one distro that was mentioned as being one of the ones to go to if one desires to make the switch to the other side!!

And the beat goes on....


That sounds somewhat like Apple but I think Apple are even worse and are making so much money through their app store that MS want to do the same.

I recently had to set up an Ipad for someone that couldn't quite work it out, the first time you switch it on it wants ALL your details, name, address, phone number. (you can't opt out like you can when installing windows)

Then you have to go through 34 pages of terms and conditions, yes 34 pages.

Then to put any apps on the Ipad you have to go through the Apple store, no choice, you can't shell out of the Ipad GUI and just browse the web for apps ( you will be able to in Windows 8 )

Basically I think we have Apple to blame for this mess, MS are just keeping up with them, well that's how I see it.


EDIT:

The Ipad cost her £480, now it is quite a nice bit of kit but to my mind isn't worth anywhere near that amount of money, I would be happy to pay about £150 maybe £200 but no more, it is a massively overpriced and is making Apple oh so rich.

http://www.techradar.com/news/computing/apple/how-apple-became-the-worlds-richest-company-1088017

I might actually get Win 8 just to stick two fingers up at the (IMHO) mighty evil Apple.

sybershot

QuoteThen to put any apps on the Ipad you have to go through the Apple store, no choice, you can't shell out of the Ipad GUI and just browse the web for apps ( you will be able to in Windows 8 )

Note: the windows 8 rt version you will not be able to install apps or programs unless there from the windows app store.

Data, a while ago I though about getting an Ipad but I decided against it. After using one of my friends and seeing how limited it was, I knew it was not worth the money they charge for it. It is a nice product just not worth the price. I'm waiting for a nice lightwheight windows 8 tablet....should not be too much longer :)




Data

Syber, remember we are talking about windows here, you can always go to the desktop and go digging, where there is a will there is a way.  :D

But yeah it looks like it depends on the vershion you buy. 

http://www.ghacks.net/2012/08/17/how-to-add-non-store-apps-to-windows-8/

sybershot

You had to go show me that article didn't you  :LOL: Now I am going to want to build my own personal app for my laptop once I buy windows 8  :Head-Slap:

to many projects not enough time in a day.

Data

Windows 8 is released tomorrow, I found a great video that tells us a lot about it, sit back relax and enjoy the ups and downs. 

 

   

Freddy

Thanks Data - I watched all of that, was quite informative.  I can't see any reason really to upgrade though  :scratch-head:

sybershot