Weekend Open Forum: Will Windows 8 be worth buying?

By Matthew · 81 replies
May 6, 2011
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  1. Calling Microsoft's latest operating system a success would be an understatement. In roughly a year and a half, Windows 7 surpassed XP as the most used operating system in the…

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  2. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

  3. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    Don't think so... Not gonna pay a grand for some OS "DLC"... I'll wait for a complete overhaul...
  4. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Just from all of the rumors I've seen... A huge resounding yes! I love the 'metro' theme that Microsoft has been pushing, and a lot of the new features look great. I'm excited!
  5. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Posts: 572   +6

    I think the timing is wrong. I do not see businesses transitioning to win 8 when they are just getting accustomed to 7. Also the cost will no doubt make companies hesitant.
  6. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    What rumor are you hearing that we haven't? On the latest builds we've all seen, there's no metro theme, just a metro-like logon screen. If you're willing to pay 200+ for that....
  7. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TS Guru Posts: 271

    I see a 5 year release cycle being more sensible, but what do I know? I'm only a consumer.
  8. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    If they have a beta, I'll try that out, if they don't I'll try it out through other means, and go from there.

    The ribbon/cloud, etc, is not that much of a big deal for me. I expect that it will run like 7 under the hood, so I would not expect any major performance gains, so it will probably be down to the integration between the desktop/tablet/phone.

    Also depends if they provide some kind of upgrade benefit for 7 owners. I could see them having XP or Vista owners pay more or less full price, but to expect 7 owners to shell out $200, well, they'd have to really put something impressive on there to warrant the purchase.

    But we're still talking about a year, so I'm really just gonna wait and see.
  9. I'll probably install it somewhere just to play with it, but for a real, usable OS, you're generally better off skipping a version. Example:
    Win 98
    skip ME
    skip vista
    Win 7
  10. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    .....and skip Windows 8

    Buy Windows X-Holographic.....Damn, I wasn't suppose to leak that!
  11. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 714   +75

    I wouldn't pay $10 for this. It would have to improve speed all around, including under 5 seconds boot up and shut down, and instant resume...then and only then would i consider getting windows 8.
  12. As b. gates is still making billions, don't you think these new OS versions should be a tad cheaper?
  13. motrin

    motrin TS Booster Posts: 162   +15

    if theres going to be a discount for students then yes.
  14. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    If it's inexpensive enough maybe, otherwise no.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,013   +2,536

    Why does everybody blame the boot up time solely on the operating system?
  16. If they improve the app software, then maybe. For example, Media Player needs to be able to play blu-rays etc with 7.1 sound and have all the functionality of Foobar for music too...this is just one example. Considering the cost of Windows, it really needs to have better apps.

    Microsoft seem to have a habit of releasing their software too early with loads of bugs in it just so they can start a revenue stream from it.

    So, I'll be hanging on for Win 9 in 2014.

    I'm still using XP on this computer. I have Ubuntu 11.04 on my music server and Win 7 on my notebook.
  17. If osx can boot fast not sure why windows can't either. It does boot pretty quick but it can be a tad better.
  18. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    If I can grab another cheap as chips academic license I'll get it - the rest of the house is staying on W7 for the next few years at least.

    I'd sooner move everything else over to Linux full time and save the money tbh!
  19. Jurassic4096

    Jurassic4096 Banned Posts: 155

    Can't wait! My inner techie is getting too used to W7.
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,013   +2,536

    What happened to "Windows 9"? Or do you think that it will be a named version? Maybe, "Windows, Oops, We Screwed You Again", with Britney Spears a** for wallpaper.
  21. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    No kidding, since I got an SSD my boot time has improved markedly, but it still takes 30 seconds to get out of the ASUS BIOS.
  22. Jurassic4096

    Jurassic4096 Banned Posts: 155

    So as consumers we are forced to buy it? Thanks, I did not know that.
  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,013   +2,536

    Is it Phoenix-Award or something else? The Phoenix Award in my i3 box(Gigabyte H-55) seems to zip right by. (Although I've never actually timed it. Hm, maybe I should). With the HDDs running in AHCI, most of the IDE polling crawl never shows.....?
  24. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    That doesn't matter, they'll sell billions off of the back of OEM sales on new equipment alone.

    They'll more than make their money either way.
  25. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    Too little, too soon. Wait another 3 years before releasing 8 and I'll be tempted.

    They need to be upgrading Windows 7 and Vista with new features, not playing Apple with their updates.

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