Windows 8 is upon us. Are you upgrading?
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It's here: Windows 8 (and the Surface RT) officially launch tonight at midnight.
From the Microsoft press release:
"In addition to the range of new Windows-based devices available, consumers can also upgrade their existing PCs. Through the end of January, consumers currently running PCs with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 are qualified to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of US$39.99. And eligible Windows 7 PCs purchased between June 2, 2012, and Jan. 31, 2013, in more than 140 markets can download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of US$14.99 with the Windows Upgrade Offer, available at www.windowsupgradeoffer.com."
So then there's the big question: If you're a PC user are you upgrading (if so, on what devices), buying a new Windows 8 PC, or holding off this time around? If you're not a PC user, are you thinking about switching? Why?
Personally, I'm holding off a few months but I do plan on upgrading.
What about you?
More info available at: www.engadget.com/2012/10/25/psa-windows-8-availabl... & windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/home.
As for all the "Start Menu" arguments.... The start menu UI is much MUCH! better then this Metro crap. The start menu takes 15%-20% of screen real estate while providing a path to pretty much everything on your PC in a neat, organized, LOGICAL! fashion. The Win8 Metro interface can take up 20000% of your screen.
Windows 8 is a mobile operating system PERIOD! On a phone or a tablet it at least makes some sense.
This isnt just the biggest mistake Microsoft has ever made. This has got to be one of the biggest "F" ups from a tech company Ever! 2 Billion people use windows everyday. Windows has evolved since its creation but kept the basic flow of the operating system the same. Why? because people liked it, were used to it, and happy.
The product released by Microsoft as "Windows 8" is not windows. I cannot believe how HUGE MS fucked up. Unless they make some crazy update reconfiguring win8 they are leaving a clear opening for another OS to gain momentum.
I have to say that the more I use Windows 8 the more interesting it becomes. That's always better than the same old thing, especially if I have to learn some new things along the way.
I do plan to get a new notebook in the next 6 months or so. So I'll probably be getting my first experience with Win8 when I do that.
Windows is a secondary environment for me; I use it to support it at work (in a VM and on an old ThinkPad), and I use it at home for my gaming PC. The old ThinkPad has been running Win8 Enterprise for a while, and the home system was on the Consumer Preview and got the full release on launch day. I spend most of my time in Mac OS X, but I'm happy with Win8, it seems like a great release, as long as you're only focusing on the desktop and the Start Screen.
Once you get into Metro apps, it's a mess, but I can safely ignore that mess for now and I'm curious to see how it goes.
Overall, the experience is wonderful and seamless. Being fluent in Windows 7, I had absolutely no issue picking up Windows 8. As long as you assume everything can work exactly as you did it in Windows 7, you can get away with doing it just the same way, despite the Start menu turning into a separate screen.
The main thing I loved is how insanely fast and fluid it is! I use an i5 HP desktop at the office. Windows 7 was relatively smooth on it, but it didn't seem all that perfect when using some of the heavier programs like SQL Server 2008 R2 and Visual Studio 2010. However, using Windows 8 running SQL Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012 on this same machine is BLAZING FAST! It's amazing.
Overall, I'm sold with Windows 8. The only reason I may warn someone is the incompatibility issues, which is a rare thing. Otherwise, I'm all for it! However, at home I'm a Mac user and that's going to remain as is. Though I will be replacing the Windows 7 partition on my iMac with Windows 8 when I buy a new ultra slim iMac. :D
I'm pretty set as far as my core desktop and mobile workstations are concerned for the next 2-3 years - and they'll be running Win7 for the foreseeable future, so it's going to be ultraportabletops (ultraport-ablet-ops), possibly some sort of 14-15-inch entertainment-light-work notebook and home systems that I'll be replacing. I'd expect touch to be a big part of whatever I buy.
Ultraportabletops wise, I'm holding off until a couple of months after the Surface Pro drops. And if there isn't a better machine than the SP around in that use mode, then I'll buy them. Whatever I buy, these will be my main mobile workhorses.
14-15", I was looking at the likes of the Asus U500. Once again, I'll see what's dropped a few months from now.
Home systems - well, I don't mind the Dell 27" so the touch version that was revealed a while back seems like just the ticket: But again I'll hold for a few months.
So RT will in fact likely be the only Win8 PC I buy this year, and I view that as an experiment at best right now.
Not sure whether I should go Win8 on the gamer I'll be rebuilding shortly. And by rebuild, I mean getting rid of the old one and doing a new one. I will probably never replace the OS on it until I rebuild it again (the current build lasted ~18 months) so maybe I should go Win8. But I hate frustrations especially when I'm trying to entertain myself, so might stick with 7 until the next rebuild in, what, early 2014-ish.
On the Mac side i do run a VM Win 7 machine and do not plan upgrading that to Win 8 any time soon. i may add a 2nd VM when Apple updates bootcamp to support Win 8 till then i will be more cautious on upgrading my Win 7 VM as its my main windows environment.