Pros It's less expensive than Windows 7.
Cons It's clunky, non-intuitive for mouse-users, and not nearly as productive as Windows 7 straight out of the box. I want much finer control of my computer than I get with 8 Metro! I feel very restricted when using 8.
Summary Long story short, for me Windows 7 is superior in almost every way to Windows 8 as far as getting work done. If this is the direction of Windows, I'm glad I own some Windows 7 boxes already. I develop software all day long. I cannot afford to fight with an operating system when I'm working. I have to move fast and have total control of the computer, and Windows 8 Metro just doesn't do it for me.
Pros It's high time for an update from Microsoft and it's almost here. The new metro interface looks nice, and the idea of the App Store is a big plus.
Cons This update is way over the top (in a bad way). The startup times are slow (unlike the ads state), and the experience is too "simplified" (it is now impossible for advanced users to use). The metro interface focuses on mobile users not desktop users.
Summary First and foremost, the Metro Interface design is (although the subtle animations are smooth) clunky; impossible to figure out, with all the hot corners; and too focused on mobile users. It feels like Microsoft completely ignores the desktop user and forgets the fact that not everyone has a touch screen or is ready to go out and buy one. The interface is now touch oriented and the hot corners are nearly impossible to use with a mouse. The other problem is that Microsoft seems to be "phasing out" the desktop which is necessary for many tasks. Microsoft has also combined the Metro UI with the Classic UI... to be honest it looks like they're trying to go back to Windows in the 90s. I could go on a lot more about the lack of developer tools, the horrible experience and about a million other things wrong with Windows 8 but I won't. Overall it isn't very good unless you're on Microsoft's new Surface tablet.
Pros Some nice improvements to core features like the task manager.
Cons Bipolar, schizophrenic. When I'm working at a desk with a keyboard and a mouse I don't want and don't need the Windows 8 mobile experience. When I'm mobile I want to run mobile apps. But Windows 8 doesn't sense or adapt to my situation.
Pros -Native ISO mounting is finally supported
-Good gaming performance
Cons -Interface is ugly and not very pleasing
-Metro not very effective on a non-touchscreen
-Metro seems less organized than the old start menu
-Not very user friendly for desktop users
-Less customization options
-Too big of a learning curve
Summary All I can say is Microsoft could of done way better with Windows 8. I've been using Windows since 3.x and each release has impressed me enough to try it and like it. Like many users, I didn't like Vista much and when 7 came along, Microsoft went beyond of what I expected and made Windows 7 into a great OS. For Windows 8 on the other hand, they fell way short of what I was expecting. One problem I have is it seems that Microsoft has done that has really aggravated me is they were mainly thinking about tablets and left desktops and laptops as an afterthought.As an addition, I find many programs and drivers not working. I have had several games not work such as Left 4 Dead 2 and Train Simulator 2012. Along with drivers, over of half my drivers won't work. My graphics card, which is an Intel HD Graphics 3000, has working drivers, but they are outdated and fails to update to newer drivers, It won't detect my Galaxy S3, sometimes won't find my iPod Touch, SD card reader drivers don't work and any other Android devices won't show up
Another problem I have is the new interface. It took me forever to learn how to use everything and find things that Microsoft had moved around. For example, it took me nearly a week to figure out how to shut down because I didn't know they moved the power button to the charms bar.
One of the visual problems I have with Windows 8 is the new desktop interface and ditching of Aero Glass. In Windows 7, I liked how Aero blended the background into the taskbar and window boarders as it helped visually and it actually looked nice and clean and enjoyable. In Windows 8, everything is flat, boxy and boring. I am not a fan of the new interface because I don't think it's interesting and just doesn't look good.
Lastly, ditching the old start menu was a mistake. I don't really like Metro and it's harder to find things in there as I could use the Win 7 start really easily and find what I want
Updated on Dec 19, 2012
Updated on Jan 6, 2013I disagree. The Metro interface is stupid on a desktop and the GUI is very childish looking
Updated on Jan 15, 2013As of about a week ago, I decided to go back to Windows 7. I don't regret going back at all and my computer is now enjoyable again
Pros "Metro" is a good attempt at something different. The OS seems faster and more responsive.
Cons It's a mobile OS. Too many compromises to make for the sake of the "Metro" UI getting in the way on the desktop. IE is still behind the curve of other modern web browsers and you are forced into a full screen mode that shows its mobile roots.
Summary Kudos to MS for trying something different, but as a desktop OS it's a terrible mess. You are forced to go through the "Metro" UI and all it does is add extra clicks to your navigation. The Charms bar (terrible name!) is difficult to invoke and does not add enough functionality to warrant its inclusion. The old maxim "just because you can, doesn't mean you should" applies to Win8. Throw out the arguments of having to learn something new, which I never buy into, and it just doesn't do anything to make one more productive. MS is still locked into its monopolistic thinking and believes that it can ship anything and IT people will purchase it in the enterprise. And the look and feel of the new Office coming up only makes it worse. I predict very slow adoption and a LOT of changes in the first service pack to address the early adopter complaints. If OEM CEOs are publicly criticizing it, you know its going to happen.
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