I am not sure if this is pure desperation to get acceptance or just a better price than we are accustomed to seeing from MS, but I thought I would mention it for our interested Windows users.
My experience is every other version is garbage. You don't have to be a mathematician to see the pattern here:
95 -> get it
98 -> skip it
98 Second edition -> get it
ME -> skip it
XP -> get it
Vista -> skip it
7 -> get it
8 -> ?
But for $39.00 you can try it out and if you don't like it just make sure everything is backed up and you can always revert.
Its a good price, but I'm going to be watching how well the Enterprise world embraces Metro UI. I can see Metro on tablets, but enterprise desktops? not so much.
Mohamed Sanaulla wrote:
Paul Clapham wrote:Maybe I could upgrade my HP netbook (currently running Windows 7 Starter) to Windows 8 Pro?
Same here, Paul let us know your results if you are trying the upgrade.
Actually I'm not an early adopter so I'm not likely to try that. The machine is slow enough anyway and my experience with Microsoft (and really, software in general) is that newer versions tend to be more bloated than older versions.
My more likely course of action is to put the netbook on the shelf and get a new tablet computer instead.
Paul Clapham wrote:The machine is slow enough anyway and my experience with Microsoft (and really, software in general) is that newer versions tend to be more bloated than older versions.
That is the industry trend for sure, and M$ has been worse at it than most.
But the buzz is that there was a ton of effort into making Win 8 more responsive, less bloatware. The competition is no longer just older versions of Windows, you have to compete with iPads and the quad core Android systems.
it would be great if the move to ever more bloated systems would be halted for a release or two.
I'm no longer able to assign skip it/get it correctly (I started using the NT line at NT 4.0 and only skipped Vista in the years).
Anyway, it's quite interesting that such a business model is still alive after some two decades.