|Product||Microsoft Windows 8||Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional)||Windows Phone 8||Microsoft Windows RT|
|Price||$79.99 to $230.58||$71.98 to $309.95|
|CNET editors' rating||4 stars||4.5 stars||4 stars||3 stars|
|Average user rating||2.5 stars||3.5 stars||0 stars||4 stars|
|Release date||October 26, 2012||October 22, 2009||October 29, 2012||Info unavailable|
|Bottom line|| |
Microsoft makes an aggressive, forward-thinking, and bold statement for the future of PCs with Windows 8, and vast security and speed improvements more than justify the $40 upgrade price.
Windows 7 is more than what Vista should have been, it's where Microsoft needed to go. How much damage Vista did and whether Windows 7 is enough for people to finally abandon Windows XP are questions that nobody has the answers to right now.
Windows Phone 8 is absolutely worth using, especially if you enjoy a simpler, bolder interface. However, if you need a robust app selection now, stick with the more fully formed Android and iOS.
Windows RT is a strange beast. On the one hand, speed, security, and the best of Windows 8 make RT a pleasure to use. But app restrictions make Windows RT confusing, and the limited availability of apps undercuts the operating system's usefulness.
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