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82
Engadget
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Review

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.

Pros
  • Works well on tablets, traditional PCs
  • Deep integration with SkyDrive, Xbox
  • Free music streaming
  • Improved multi-monitor support
Cons
  • Steep learning curve
  • Frustrating to use with a mouse
  • Limited selection in Windows Store
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Scores

Engadget

82
 

User Reviews

50
evanextreme
Just an FYI, I am reviewing the Developer Preview of Windows 8 which is available...read more
80
TiliV
There isn't much for a pedestrian like me to say about the Windows Developer...read more
90
kikeskat
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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