The coming of Windows 8
There's a lot of buzz among CNN.com and CNNMoney.com readers about the new Windows 8 and the Surface tablet. Let's take a look at the reaction.
- I have 8 PCs running various versions of Windows from W2k to W7 and all of them "just work". I have not had a single Windows issue in at least 10 years. The only issues I have had were hardware failures, the last a HD about 3 years ago. One of those 8 PCs is a tablet (10", looks like an iPad but a bit thicker and with real ports) running W7 and it has been working flawlessly for over a year now.
- Win 3.0 - horrid - went back to MS-DOS Win 3.1 better Win 95 - frustrating Win 98 - less frustrating Win 2000 Pro - AWESOME Win ME - didn't fall for it Win XP Pro - Another winner Win Vista - Again, didn't fall for it Win 7 - forced into it and not happy Win 8 - probably will not upgrade until forced to
- I loved the ability to tweak some of my start-up commands to accommodate other hardware as I could with the earlier versions of Windows and MS-DOS. Windows Registry? Not so in love with. I'm not a techie, no time to keep track of the latest and greatest 'fixes' or optimization. Even with the reduction in cost for memory, I'm pretty tired of having to have multiple gigs of memory just to run things *relatively* smoothly. If I didn't have such an ingrained prejudice against Apple products, I'd probably have switched a long time ago.
- I don't like the idea that the GUI looks like I'm on an Xbox. I know it can be shut off. That being said, I'll wait for the first service pack to be released before I update from Win 7. Win 7 is not too bad in terms of stability, only had a couple small issues, the same with my Mac machines, only a couple small glitches.
- I have both macs and PCs in my house. Frankly, I think MS Surface is the sweet spot for me. I love that it can actually do anything my PC can do. Angry birds? I don't give a sheet about those kind of apps. Surface targets the power user like me and I am going to be getting one during the holidays. Then, I can just carry one thing with me where ever I go. I just hope it works as it should. Fingers crossed and proud of MS for giving people like me this option.
I was able to use a "pre-order" that was delivered late Thursday. I have to say the Surface is really cool. Screen is amazing, it feels really well built. The experience is wickedly cool. You can put an app on a 1/4 view and continue to use the other 3/4 for browsing or another app.
I know, I know there are only X apps. The apps will come as the sales shoot up. The core apps are there.
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