"This is Microsoft's biggest nest of bugs yet released!!"2.0 starson by 270west
Pros: Microsoft's tech assistance by phone did try to resolve my problem I was having. After 2 hours and 45 minutes on the phone and with a supervisors assistance they still couldn't resolve the issue I still have.
Cons: 1) Resource Hog: Slows down your computer
2) Coupon for $14.99 doesn't work
3) No Tutorial: You'll figure it out?
4) Download takes a log time: Your day is Microsoft's isn't it?
5) Your New security / anti-virus may not be compatible!
Summary: 1) On 10/27/12 I loaded the product on 3 laptops. All were less than 2 months old. These were fast computers running relatively fast processors, AMD Vision A8, AMD Vision A10, Intel I5. All were stable on Windows 7. It took over 6 hours to load on a fast cable connection.
2) The coupon for a $14.99 download upgrade from Windows 7 didn't work once. In all 3 cases it was required to purchase the download for $39.99 and wait for a refund to be issued in 3-4 days. We'll see?
3) There is NO integrated tutorial with this product. Thank goodness for cnet.com and YouTube.com. This product is so different from all other earlier Windows products in the last 20 years. If you can remember going from MS-Dos to Dos-Shell that's where we're at. The learning curve for most users is going to be lengthy. I've been fooling with computers since basic was an operating system and it took me a few hours. Expect normal users with no knowledge of command-line knowledge to take days to weeks to figure this one out.
4)This product WILL slow your system down. It is the most resource intensive hog ever released. The new start page has active running apps that appear to be icons. Icons don't have live feeds folks these are running apps. Buy the fastest processor with the largest cache and most RAM memory you can't hardly afford with a motherboard that has more buses than NYC. Clock speed was reduced by 30 cent per.
5) The integrated Windows Defender and Windows Firewall probably isn't compatible with the Anti-virus/Mal-ware/Security program your running. Mine was Kaspersky Internet Security 2013. I un-installed and re-installed both Windows 8 and Kaspersky Internet Security. Kaspersky still won't run. It was running on all 3 laptops running Windows 7 prior to installing Windows 8. Both Kaspersky and Microsoft have no answer as to how make both run. Yes both integrated Windows products were turned off on all settings found.
4) Invisible buttons are located everywhere sounds cool until you find one by accident by moving the cursor and then you try to go back to where you were. This is the "Magic of Microsoft's Windows 8 Voo-Deau Neauveaux operating system." K I S S was not an acronym these innovators knew about!
This product from a functional standpoint was created for slab / touch screen / smart phone / voice in-put upcoming product applications. Can you see the day when the keyboard will go the way of the cassette and the Beta-VCR. Microsoft innovation doesn't mean reinventing the wheel. Simplicity and ease of operation ARE legitimate selling points. WOW factor and cutesy loses the cool factor fast.