I having been using Windows 8.1 for the last nine months since it came with my new computer on an SSD. Once you get over the loss of the start menu, it's pretty much Win 7. I have my most used programs pinned to the taskbar or on the desktop anyway.Dave wrote:Windows 8 was clearly a bust but all developers release dross on a vision that doesn't come to fruition.
7 was (and remains) excellent.
I am surprised MS is releasing it free to 7 and 8 users (but not RT?) - I will take advantage.
From a choice perspective it stinks, and will likely increase prices and stifle innovation with decreased competition. However it does appear that having everything look the same or be found in the same place is what the vast majority of customers want (maybe not "want", but prefer out of convenience).Pyoro wrote:From the user perspective it stinks.
It's why a lot of telecoms companies are trying to offer all media - tv, cellular, broadband, when ten years ago these would have been separate businesses.