IDC: Happy Windows 7 PC Users Won't Switch To Windows 8

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I.See.You.See.Me

After playing with the developer preview in Virtual Box i can safely say that i will not be upgrading to Win 8 for the simple reason that there is not very much thats new, I can do everything that i need with Win 7.

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Holly Golightly

What the hell is IDC suppose to stand for? "I Don't Care?"

Okay, on the subject... I will upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 in a heartbeat. The minute it is released is the minute I will get it. I am looking forward to it. Windows 8 will become the new Windows 95. A revolutionary OS that will change the way we use a computer.

For those like IDC bashing an OS that was not even released... I would say that these people are still using Windows XP with Internet Explorer 6. Some people just won't give up their old favorite OS. Fine if you like Windows XP or Windows 7... But for the rest of us, it is time we embrace change. Windows 8 is definitely the mark of the future. Sooner or later we are all going to love the Metro UI.

I downloaded the developer preview, but do not have a blank CD to install the OS. So I just ended up deleting it after having it just there. Plus, from what I heard, the developer preview was incomplete. It did not come with the best feature which was Xbox Live. I want the full experience, and am willing to wait till August of next year... Why not?

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Straegen

Hard to imagine but I am sure a bunch of people said the same thing about Vista. Win98, WinXP, Win2k and Win7. The other versions were crappy for one reason or another. I would also add MS has not historically been ahead of the curve on UI design. I will stay on Win7 until they make a DirectX that requires moving upwards.

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Holly Golightly

These are the same reasons Windows XP users are claiming right now. No point in upgrading to Vista and 7 since they are not that much of a leap from XP. Windows 8 is unlike anything we have seen before. It has record booting of a whopping 11 seconds. That makes it 70% faster than Windows 7 on most systems. I am always for efficiency and having a lighter OS is good for all markets. Hopefully it will take up less HDD space and RAM. Overall, I feel that Windows 8 is a leap that will bring forth a permanent change. Just like Windows 95 once did. 

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thespence88

I would like to add that even though you're going to be getting boot times of 11 seconds or so, it's a bad boot because all Windows does is hibernate (you know, the one mode of "turning your computer off" that you don't really use?). Hibernate takes up disk space, saves everything to your HDD and then puts itself into sleep. 

I'm a fan of both camps, but MS really needs to find a [better] way to make start up and shut down a helluva lot faster and smoother.

 

edit: It's a "bad boot" in the sense that anyone can now use Hibernate on their own PC and have it start up in a reasonable fashion - just at the cost of HDD space (most of us don't have to worry about that, but if you own an SSD like the article mentions, then you'll have to worry about Windows 8's hibernating "sleep mode".)

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livebriand

That's the thing - behind the scenes, they improved quite a few things. Then, they fucked it up with the metro UI. WTF?

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KidCurry

I'm a little confused.  From your comment, I gather that you haven't even tried Windows 8 yet.  What do you base your decision to upgrade on?  I'm for all sorts of good things too (Windows 95, Windows XP Pro SP2, and Windows Vista/7), but Microsoft has failed its user-base many times.  Not recognizing that fact would lead me to believe that one is drinking too much kool-aid.  I stand behind Microsoft when it produces a quality product and am sadly left feeling wanting when it doesn't.  They've made way too much money over the years for me to just bow down and take it like a man.  It would have been nice if Bill had used some of those billions with a "b" to improve the product and not enrich his life.  For what it's worth, I'm using Windows Vista.  My experience, unlike others, has been surprisingly great and I see no reason to upgrade to Windows 7.  I suspect that's because by the time I bought this laptop, the hardware had finally matured to handle Vista (I agree with others that it was prematurely released as was Window ME).

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Holly Golightly

Well, I based my views on what I have seen, read, or heard. For Example, a few months back, there was an article about just how fast Windows 8 is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wznucnoc-rY

You can't lie about great speeds like the one posted in that video. I presonally like the Metro UI and feel that Xbox Live is the best feature of Windows 8.

Windows 8 is bantered a bit too quickly. It seems people hate it for absolutely no reason. That, or they simply hate the design.

You must remember that the Developer Preview kit of Windows 8 is incomplete. It is not meant to give you the full user experience. It is still in beta stage I think... 

I have Microsoft Office 2007, and I feel that ribbon is the best addition to Office. I am not sure how it will work out for the OS itself, but on Office, ribbon makes life a little easier.

I am using Vista right now as well. I have no upgraded my desktop yet. My laptop has 7. I compare my laptop's performance to my desktop and they seem about equal. Difference is Windows 7 has a few extra destop features not found on Vista... Other than that, I say it is the same exact OS which is definitely not worth the $100 they are asking for. Nothing is revolutionary in this OS, but on Windows 8... The frigg'n home screen screams "entirely new" and it is. I feel it will simplify how we use a computer. Just look at it. The password unlock is done by a signature on a picture. Fully interactive tiles that update right in front of you. Record fast boot times. By the time they release more upgrades, it will get even better just like Vista did. Trust me, they are all going to love Windows 8... Otherwise, they will be no better than the XP/IE6 people they banter against.

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KidCurry

I suspect that Windows 8 is attracting so much negative mojo for several reasons:

1.  Many of us have become accustomed to the way things have always been.  It's easier to keep doing what we've been doing when we've finally mastered the process.  I've never been a big fan of the Start menu, but I've come up with my own method to work around its shortcomings.  The new Start screen has brought back some bad memories of when Microsoft first introduced the Ribbon.  I am concerned that Windows 8 will not allow me to use my current method of working around the Start menu.  I am also concerned that it will require some major re-learning which is not a pleasant thought.

2.  Many of us are getting older (I'm 52).  There was a time when I had to have every new thing and was anxious to learn new things.  That has changed dramatically in the last 10 years.  It's no longer a priority to find the best wheel.  It's now a priority to find a process using the existing imperfect wheel to get from point A to point B.

3.  Learning something new might make sense, but after 20 years, Microsoft is making a major change to how we find/use the tools that we use every day.  That gives me some anxiety especially when I've gotten used to the toolbars and can do things quite efficiently (at least in my own mind).

4.  As for Windows 8 getting better by the time they release it "just like Vista did," I take great exception to that statement.  There was so much promise in the beta versions of Vista and so much removed when the product finally came to market that it was a major disappointment (and I know that I'm in good company with that opinion).

There are some supposed improvements to Windows 8, but I can't help but think that Microsoft is more concerned with maintaining profitability and relevance given the competitive forces today of Apple, Google, Facebook, et al.  I think for the first time in their lives, Microsoft is being forced to seriously compete.  As a user, I've been partnered with Microsoft since Windows 3.0.  I have wondered many times over the years what today's computers would look like if Microsoft had had a meaningful competitor 10, 15, 20 years ago.  I will continue to believe that we have all lost something as a result of Microsoft's monopoly.

As for those pesky XP/IE6 users you keep trying to beat back, I think they've got a lot to complain about and a legitimate complaint at that.  Microsoft has demonstrated time and again, due to the lack of serious competition, a propensity for taking our money while not producing anything close to what we expect or should be able to expect.

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avenger48

This is the way of Microsoft OS's.  ME, XP, Vista, 7... Bad and good taking turns.  They try something new, it sucks, then they fix it.  Windows 9 will be great, but they can pry 7 from my cold, dead fingers until then.

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TommM

Not even remotely interested.  Loving Win 7 and Windows 8 is clearly geared towards portable devices.  I especially hate the ribbon UI that apparently will be a primary component of Windows 8.

Unless something truly innovative comes down the pike from MS in their OS upgrades, I'm going to be sticking with Win 7 for a long, long time.

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Neel Chauhan

Windows 8 is going to be another Vista.

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gmvolk

Tried out the developer preview in VMWare.  Don't like the metro UI at all!  The UI and the (CR)apps included are definately geared for touch input.  I don't have a touch pc, and would not want one!  Hard enough keeping fingerprints off the screen as it is.  I think Win8 is gonna be another ME/Vista failure.  I know some of you will say Vista is great, but a majority don't feel that way.  Maybe by Windows 9 they will have it correct.

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DoctorX

same here.... There is a hack to kill the metro interface.... but after actually playing with a windows phone 7.... i can say i officially hate the interface.  Too in your face.

 

I will not be buying win8... it will be the first windows i will not buy.  They need to make the metro interface optional... something you can uinstall likeyou can do in win7 with some options.

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trlovejoy

Same here, but I couldn't figure out how to get back to the main screen after going to Internet Explorer, kept having to kill the virtual machine, so I gave up.

 

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gmvolk

The other thing I did not like about metro, when you launch an app there is no way to CLOSE it.  You have to go back down and click start to get out of the app.  Not sure if it is still running or if I actually closed it.  I could not try internet since Win8 could not see my network adapter through VMWare, but I pretty much wanted to see the UI so did not investigate that further.  Maybe if they release a beta version I'll give it another try, but so far not impressed.  I would rather have Unity(and that UI is awful!) over Metro.  Did not get to far into other aspects yet, but I also do not like the Ribbon UI.  I think that takes up much to much screen real-estate for my preferences.

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Deviate

Short answer:  No.

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livebriand

Ditto.

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KidCurry

I agree ... no.  I base this decision not on having used the preview product, but in my experience with Microsoft over the last 20+ years and the reviews and comments that I've read here and elsewhere.  I've learned there is some wisdom in the old adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!"  Having said that, I will of course take a trip to Staples or Best Buy to check it out for myself.  Unfortunately, I'll have to make the decision to replace this laptop with one that has Windows 7 before actually taking that test drive.  I don't want to find myself with a product that might leave me wanting.  After all, the days of buying a product to learn something new is no longer exciting.  Now, it's all about getting things done.

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narbytrout

same here

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Neufeldt2002

Same

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Gezzer

Ditto

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