Windows 8 looks like the biggest pile of excrement Microsoft have released since Windows ME, whose primary purpose appears to be to turn my PC into some kind of giant mobile phone with "social media" integrated into everything
Total non-issue for me, I'll be sticking with 7.
You have also the totally wrong idea about what windows 8 is and isn't. Compared to windows 7 programs load and shut down faster, the operating system is more stable than windows 7. For a new pc user windows 8 is also more straight forward and easier to learn than a traditional windows environment. Windows 8 also once again supports hardware accelerated sound.
As far as social media integration guess what your one of the few that doesn't care, most people check facebook on there computer, that's what the majority of users are doing these days.
I am an IT tech and I use Windows 8 on my own personal computer, I bought Start8 for a start menu, but classic shell is a free alternative, though honestly I find myself using it very little these days. Anything you use can be pinned on the desktop or on the start screen for easy access. The new sidebar allows easy access to the most commonly used system settings and anyone that has an business tweaking with advanced settings can also get to any of there programs with Windows Key+R which is how we have always done it anyway.
Overall Windows 8 is step forward in performance and stability from windows 7, with improved security and yes integration, which is a big thing, but unless you work in this field you have no idea why.
Just pointing, The last posted dated before pwecangetlost's post, is 2-15-2013.
That makes this thread well over 30 days old and this now a zombie/necro post. (reviving a thread past 30 days is against the forums rules)
Also, this thread was started when Win8 just hit beta
(around august 2012) arguing anything about it at this point is more or less mute.
I'm still using WIN 7 & my 55" TV as my monitor...
Nope haven't grown longer arms.
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