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Easy to use, once you figure it out

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So long as you have a touch-enabled PC, Windows 8 is easier to use than you may have feared. Just give yourself time to master the learning curve.

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Critic reviews

7.4
18 reviews
  • Ease of use
    7.2
  • Speed
    8.2
  • Configurability
    7.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
    6.8
  • Openness
    4.7

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User reviews

7.7
247 reviews
8.0
Engadget Oct 30, 2012

It's an OS you can use seamlessly on a tablet, but with features like Snap, Switcher and File Explorer you might well be more productive than you ever were on an iPad or Android slate. Just don't lose faith as you're climbing your way across that learning curve.

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8.0
PC World Oct 25, 2012

A risk that Microsoft needed to take to try to remain relevant in today’s connected, mobile world. Only time will tell whether it’s the right risk at the right time.

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8.0
PC Mag Oct 25, 2012

Windows 8 is a bold innovation, melding the worlds of tablets and PCs. Its excellent touch input, an app store, and better performance are compelling, but the changes will be too drastic for some and as a completely new product, a few rough edges remain.

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7.0
Wired Oct 25, 2012

The operating system is fun to use right out of the box, and it doesn’t skimp on the key functionality you expect from the Windows brand ... expect something equal parts drastically new and comfortingly familiar.

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7.0
Computerworld Aug 15, 2012

With Windows 8, Microsoft is making a bet that it can please both tablet users and traditional computer users with a single OS. That bet didn't pay off for me. On a tablet I find it an excellent operating system. On a traditional computer, it doesn't work nearly so well.

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7.0
Gizmodo Oct 25, 2012

This is the operating system that will come pre-installed on your PC for the foreseeable future. And that's a good thing! If you're thinking about upgrading, well, that means you actually care about this thing. And if you care about this thing, you should definitely give it a try.

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7.0
AllThingsD Oct 16, 2012

Microsoft deserves credit for giving Windows a new, modern face. And the company will surely please existing users by maintaining the old one and the ability to run older apps. But the combination will require re-learning the most familiar computing system on the planet.

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7.0
Ars Technica Oct 25, 2012

The integration of the two interfaces needs to be better. But Windows 8 works. It's one operating system that can support tablet and desktop apps side-by-side. And that might just be worth a little compromise.

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7.0
New York Times Oct 24, 2012

Put TileWorld and its universe of new touch screen apps on tablets. Put Windows 8 on mouse-and-keyboard PCs. Presto: all the confusion would evaporate. And the good work Microsoft did on both of these individual operating systems would shine.

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7.0
CNET Nov 12, 2012

Windows RT is a strange beast. On the one hand, speed, security, and the best of Windows 8 make RT a pleasure to use. But app restrictions make Windows RT confusing, and the limited availability of apps undercuts the operating system's usefulness.

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6.0
Laptop Magazine Aug 15, 2012

Windows 8 gives Microsoft a beautiful, responsive, and touch-friendly platform for tablets, but it works better on slates than the desktop.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Aug 29, 2012

Perhaps by Windows 10 we'll have another OS like 7, perfectly suited to most people's needs. As it stands, 8 is a bit more like Vista - there's nothing wrong with it, but it's probably slightly ahead of its time.

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8.0
SlashGear Oct 20, 2012

I know there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the extreme UI changes Microsoft has made in Windows 8, and indeed, those changes take Windows in an entirely different direction. As far as I’m concerned, however, the change in Windows 8 is only a good thing.

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8.0
The Guardian Oct 25, 2012

With its innovative 'tiles' approach, Microsoft's latest OS is a huge leap forward – although it may take some getting used to.

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9.0
TechRadar Oct 3, 2012

Keep an open mind, spend some time getting used to the charm bar and the Start screen. Once you do, we defy you not to be impressed by Windows 8.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Oct 17, 2012

So is Windows 8 worth upgrading to if you’re happy with Windows 7? Probably not. But then again, if you’re willing to put a little effort in there’s scant reason not to upgrade, either - especially as Microsoft has confirmed a superemely affordable upgrade price.

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8.0
The Telegraph Oct 25, 2012

Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system is a triumph of engineering but it's not quite perfect and it will confuse new users.

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7.0
Maximum PC Sep 14, 2012

It would be wrong to fear Windows 8 because of the sweeping changes (and poor follow-through) Microsoft has introduced into an otherwise fine desktop operating system.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jun 26, 2013

Certain key changes, like a common wallpaper option, boot-to-desktop, deeper search, more windowing options, a redesigned Windows Store and a new Reading List app make this version of the OS more enjoyable to use than the last.

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Engadget Jun 27, 2013

Overall, navigating the OS can still feel slightly sluggish, but the build we tried is at least stable. Other than that, it looks like we'll have to wait for some new ARM chips before we can revisit performance in Windows RT.

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7.0
steenbag steenbag

The original review was based on one of the first dev builds. I've updated to reflect my impressions of the final product. While I did go ahead and buy the OS, I would still hesitate pay more than $40 for it, but at $40 it is cheap enough to play with. I have been using it fairly regularly as a...

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10
AndreasCY AndreasCY

Windows 8 is the most radical, risky, innovative and original re-imagining of the Windows franchise that Microsoft have ever done. They have taken every piece of the traditional Windows Operating System apart and put it back together in a very creative package. It runs so smoothly and well on all...

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9.0
TABUZX2 TABUZX2

Coming from Windows 7, this is a fantastic update for my crappy laptop. It runs smoothly, it looks great, and recognized almost everything out of the box (graphics excepting). Overall a great product, perhaps the best Redmond has ever released. I think it will be a great value once released. My...

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10
adnanjabbar adnanjabbar

I recently installed the Microsoft Windows 8 Developer Preview. It has been an amazing experience specially when I ran the Windows 7 System with it side-by-side. I have seen the difference of night and day. The Windows 8 is so much robust as well as less intensive on RAM / Graphics &...

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1.0
chunkysalsa chunkysalsa

this is pretty bad, i'm running it on few systems and nothing would work except for pre-installed apps. my printer won't even work, it's like VISTA all over again

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4.0
Todrick Todrick

HATE HATE HATE Metro UI ... sorry... Windows 8 UI. With no option to boot to the desktop im forced to look at a completely useless screen for any productivity. The lack of Start button is just plain confusing and makes the user experience awkward.

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1.0
Gjerpe1 Gjerpe1

i wont use this anymore ! if i get the touch screen/pad then i will try it again! im rating this bad cause i have had a real pain with this OS ;( it works just my style

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10
agelbess agelbess

I just installed the evaluation version of win 8 on VM Player. With 2 GB of memory the system is just great. That Metro UI is very nice, and even if I am not a big fan of on windows phone, it seems that it just fits great on my desktop. At first look, it seems strange to have a phone UI on your...

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10
btaidm btaidm

Despite all the hate Win8 is getting from people, if they were to sit back and use it for a while, they should find no qualms with it. I have been using the developer preview and costumer preview on my desktop ever since I was able to download it. The only reason I don't upgrade to the release...

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10
mikachandi mikachandi

The whole product is really good , specially the addition of metro interface makes it unique,the new start menu is a great idea because you can pin any shortcut in so it is easy to open things..but their is minor improvements on desktop side, i hope their will be many new things in final version..

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10
raynorshiene raynorshiene

Its a different OS, people compare of not having start menu is just not acceptable for them .i can guarantee these people mustn't have used for more than minimum 4-5 days.You get used to it. There was a video on you tube and a guy telling why he hates windows 8.He said and I quote "It is...

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3.0
minitechme minitechme

Metro is not well-suited to the desktop. I hate having full-screen things (unless you count docking to a quarter of the screen - which I absolutely don't) on a desktop computer. It's pointless. I miss the rounded corners and the real Start Menu - the new Start Screen is ugly, blocky, and once...

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10
pachm pachm

I have 2 pc`s currently running 8 pro. I love it. for those complaining about the metro there are tons of programs free to download and run in classic mode. I love the app store and the speed and snappiness of win 8.

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