Are you upgrading to Windows 8
I primarily use OS X these days, but I still have a Windows 7 desktop that gets a fair amount of use. I actually think that MS pretty much perfected Windows with Windows 7 and since I have no interest in the Metro UI I see no other reason to upgrade.
While I might not be upgrading my desktop right away, I'll probably be getting some type of tablet-laptop hybrid with W8. I suppose I'll only be interested in upgrading my desktop if I can buy an affordable 30-ish inch touchscreen for it, which seems unlikely.
Probably, but it depends on how it turns out. There's some stuff, like Skydrive integration, that I think could really give it some major advantages over 7. But, you can't really tell until it comes out. And the price will most definitely be a factor.
I want to, 'cause at it's desktop-esque core, it seems like it won't be too different from W7, but with added nice things. I'll admit I'm not too keen on the Metro stuff on my desktop (I really like it on my phone though) but you can just disable it so it's all good.
I'll stick with W7 as long as i stay happy with it, besides id rather let other people test it out first when its properly out just to make sure it isnt going to blow anything of mine up or whatever, but i imagine ill eventually upgrade just only when i absolutely have to, if i will have to.
7 is the best Windows since XP, which was easily the best Windows ever. 7 is just so right, and everything about Metro and the whole tablet focused bullshit is just so wrong. The best bit is if you don't want that Metro UI, you basically tab back out into Windows 7 anyway. It looks near identical. Gunna stick to my 7 thanks, the only good thing I heard is faster copying and pasting. Oooooooooo.
I'll probably just dual-boot Windows 7 with the beta version of Windows 8. Most likely Windows 8 Beta will be the secondary OS until I can get used to how everything works and if every necessary hardware driver works on it. I mainly just want to make sure everything runs properly on Windows 8 before it becomes my primary OS.
I've only had extensive experience with the developer preview so I think I'll have to wait for the beta to come out before I make any decisions. I'm definitely not happy with metro replacing the start menu, and I'm still perfectly content with Windows 7 so we'll have to see when we get a version that's actually something close to a final product.
I live by the belief that only the uneven Windows versions are good. 98 was fine, fuck millenium, XP was great, fuck Vista, Win 7 is the best one, skipping 8, wait for 9.
...Yep. The odds are always the refined version of the evens. I'll definitely be trying out a Win 8 tablet though.
Edit: Forgot to say -- no, not upgrading.
Honestly I only switched from XP to 7 to be able to use more then 3gigs of ram and when too many games started coming with DX11. (i happily skipped the Vista debacle) at which point 7 already had a comfortable service pack behind it's belt.
So untill there is something similar to push me off 7 i'm comfortable with it for now.
Definitely. Although there is much lacking with the Consumer Preview, it's just a Beta and will obviously undergo massive changes before the final product is shipped. I love the style of the OS and I love being able to just press the Windows key on my keyboard to access everything I use. My Desktop section will be empty and will only serve as the backdrop for when I open browsers and external programs (or apps, as they're now referred to in Windows 8).
With that being said, I think the strengths of Windows 8 lie in how the OS is integrated into tablets and Windows Phones. PCs with touchscreen monitors too.
W8 looks to be adding a lot of smart additions to the desktop-side client. Much-improved task manager, better copy/paste tools, a more unified interface, et al. But the removal of the Start "menu" in favor of their Metro start "screen" just does not jive with how I use Windows on a day to day basis. It's going to either take the ability to re-add the Start menu into W8 or some major improvements to DirectX to get me to upgrade any time soon. Altering my Windows workflow to accomodate their unified Desktop/Laptop/Tablet dream just doesn't sound like a good use of my time, or my money.
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