Weekend Open Forum: Will Windows 8 be worth buying?

By Matthew ยท 81 replies
May 6, 2011
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  1. red1776

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

    Let the tears of all the die hard XP'ians begin. This is a XP 'End of support countdown' gadget
    It can be had here:


    But then...three years should be more than enough to mourn the demise of the most bestest OS in the history of mankind... it is after all...'42' :rolleyes:

    And here is a gander at the reminder tool.

    For anyone interested in '8's' progression, this site seems to be on top of all things 8 leaked and otherwise.
  2. kakarot27

    kakarot27 TS Member Posts: 80

    i love torrents i download them all the time. i download one for beta and i download one for launch if i had a hundred torrents i would seed them all at once. (gonna get a non legit copy and later buy if i like)
  3. i think people are forgetting the reason why "software" companies exist and to profit. They have to continually develop products, find new innovative things to do with it, and answer to their customers/shareholders. It is not in their best interest to keep an OS exactly the same for 10yrs at a time. 5yrs between releases is perfectly fine. Remember 5yrs in technology is an eternity. It is in their best interest to have some form of touch UI for windows8, the next generation of x86 or ARm tablets. Now that Intel has 3D lithography ready, and Intel atom is getting faster and smaller, the x86 will eventually move to the smartphone/table platform dominated by ARM.
  4. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +57

    If you have the equipment to utilize the features being touted, absolutely. Also if I can grab a free/cheap copy through work or a convention like I did with 7, you bet I will.
  5. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 384   +54

    I don't think Windows 8 will ship next year despite Microsoft's claims to a three-year release cycle. It feels too soon for a refresh and Windows 7 still has a lot of life left in it. Besides, there's been no release candidate or mention of one this year and it's too early for a beta to be available.

    Then again, stranger things have happened in the world of technology.
  6. DarkCobra

    DarkCobra TS Rookie Posts: 79

    MS is cranking new OS's out too quickly lately IMHO. Vista was brought out before it was ready and W7 is basically "Vista done right". Now within a year they're expecting everyone to fork over big bucks again for W8? Nah, I'll be waiting a long time. If it ain't broke . . . well, you know. It's just like their Office Suite, too much money and too few real changes to justify constantly upgrading.
  7. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    It feels way to soon for a new Windows. I still haven't gotten around to installing win7 at home, and the place where I work is still running XP also.
    I have to agree with what several others have said - a 5-6yr release cycle sounds a lot better than a 3yr.
    Win8 being off the same kernel as 7 I don't really anticipate any ground breaking changes, strikes me more as its going to be a Windows 7.5.

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