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paulrichjr
03-03-2012, 12:38 AM
Just installed it on my wife's computer. (I couldn't do it on mine...fear it would crash it) Anyway it is really odd on a notebook without touchscreen. I'm not sure I see the benefit yet.

The apps that I have tried are great but navigating with a mouse on a lot of them is just a real pain. I did a dual boot so that Windows 7 is still there so I'm sure she will want to go back. An informal poll...My wife hates it...My 17 year old son hates it. I'm not sure yet. Microsoft had better hope the rest of the world doesn't respond like my home has.

15fan
03-04-2012, 08:15 AM
A crappy Microsoft product?

No. Way.

oneupper
03-04-2012, 09:38 AM
The reviews I've seen for Windows 8 are either hate or love it, no in-between.

Currently I'm having a similar hate/love situation with the ipad. My wife loves it, I hate it (I've used macs for over 20 years).

Theres a lot of QWERTY in the way we've used computers, I don't like touching a screen and I need to have a directory to find stuff when I need it (newer OSs tend to hide everything). Maybe I'm a dinosaur, but I still have a wallet with which to express my opinion.

Reds4Life
03-04-2012, 11:02 AM
The reviews I've seen for Windows 8 are either hate or love it, no in-between.

Currently I'm having a similar hate/love situation with the ipad. My wife loves it, I hate it (I've used macs for over 20 years).

Theres a lot of QWERTY in the way we've used computers, I don't like touching a screen and I need to have a directory to find stuff when I need it (newer OSs tend to hide everything). Maybe I'm a dinosaur, but I still have a wallet with which to express my opinion.

I am the opposite, since getting my iPad several months ago, I have only turned my laptop on a grand total of 3 times.

Roy Tucker
03-04-2012, 01:18 PM
I'm a dinosaur. I hate GUIs. Give me a good command line interface and I'll tell the OS exactly what I need, not what some weenie GUI punk coder thinks I need and hides everything from me.

OldRightHander
03-04-2012, 09:37 PM
I hardly touch my laptop since I got an iPad. I got a bluetooth keyboard for when I need to do any great amount of typing. It's amazing the amount of apps that are useful for my business and with the got to my pc app I can access my desktop from anywhere. I also have gone almost completely paperless with the ability to sign documents on the screen and send them back without having to print anything.

paulrichjr
03-05-2012, 12:11 AM
It's honestly like two operating systems in 1. Windows 7 looks like its still there until you hit a button to bring up the start menu (by the way the start button is gone), then the tiles come up and you feel like you are using a completely different system. Good luck finding the shut down or restart button. It's there but hidden. It's really odd.

pedro
03-05-2012, 11:57 AM
As a software developer who primarily works in the windows environment from what I've read it looks like an absolute disaster . Hopefully it goes the way of Vista, I'm pretty happy with Windows 7.

bigredmechanism
03-06-2012, 12:09 AM
Seems like Microsoft OS releases always alternate between good and bad.

hebroncougar
03-06-2012, 07:52 AM
Window 7 has been very smooth for me. I'm not changing anytime soon. Speaking of Vista, anyone who bought a computer with that garbage installed should have gotten a free update to 7.

bigredmechanism
03-06-2012, 08:02 AM
Window 7 has been very smooth for me. I'm not changing anytime soon. Speaking of Vista, anyone who bought a computer with that garbage installed should have gotten a free update to 7.

I had bought a laptop in ~2007 with Vista pre-installed. I don't know if it was pride or what, but I insisted that Vista was a decent OS. Bought a tower desktop with Windows 7 in 2010, and the comparison is not even close.

Although to be fair, there is some speculation that Vista would have been much better had people had stronger machines than what was average at the time.

hebroncougar
03-06-2012, 08:06 AM
I had bought a laptop in ~2007 with Vista pre-installed. I don't know if it was pride or what, but I insisted that Vista was a decent OS. Bought a tower desktop with Windows 7 in 2010, and the comparison is not even close.

Although to be fair, there is some speculation that Vista would have been much better had people had stronger machines than what was average at the time.

I still have one that I let my 4 and 5 year old use. I feel awful, just about that.

IslandRed
03-06-2012, 12:47 PM
As a software developer who primarily works in the windows environment from what I've read it looks like an absolute disaster . Hopefully it goes the way of Vista, I'm pretty happy with Windows 7.

I was at a conference in December that was Microsoft-centric, and even there, everyone was saying, "not sure about this...". I kind of get what they're doing, trying to come up with a version of Windows that operates smoothly across all platforms (read: mobile and tablets) instead of being so desktop-focused, I just don't know if it's going to work. I especially don't see the enterprise types dumping Windows 7 to move to it.

kpresidente
03-11-2012, 08:13 PM
Mark my words: Windows 8 will dominate tablets.

kpresidente
03-11-2012, 08:17 PM
Although to be fair, there is some speculation that Vista would have been much better had people had stronger machines than what was average at the time.

Vista was a fine operating system, it's just that the early release didn't have the right drivers for people's legacy hardware, and this created a whole host of problems right of the bat, which is why it got a bad name. Windows 7 is just Vista with all the right drivers (and a couple UI tweaks to make it seem "new").

paintmered
03-11-2012, 09:42 PM
I don't see the need to upgrade my desktop from Windows 7.

As for Vista, XP had its fair share of issues at launch too, but Microsoft updated it to the point where it became the standard OS for a decade. I think Windows 7 is what Microsoft originally visioned for Vista. Instead, they got there by releasing a new version instead of patching it.

bigredmechanism
03-13-2012, 10:36 AM
Vista was a fine operating system, it's just that the early release didn't have the right drivers for people's legacy hardware, and this created a whole host of problems right of the bat, which is why it got a bad name. Windows 7 is just Vista with all the right drivers (and a couple UI tweaks to make it seem "new").

That's a fair point, but I still think there is something to be said about running an OS like Vista on a laptop with only 256mb RAM. Thing seemed to have a mind of it's own when it came to loading up/shutting down certain programs, and the machine simply may not have been strong enough to properly represent what Vista was capable of.