Microsoft Ad Urges Indians Not to be Scared of Windows 8

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fkldo

I agree, don't be scared you will end up using windows 8 eventually anyway. I was skeptical at first as well. I was not going to upgrade to windows 8, but a buddy bought me a copy for Christmas. my startup and shutdown times are amazing, easily a third of the time of windows 7. I like a a lot of the new features, my rig just feels more responsive. I feel like the exclusion of the start button is annoying, but you can work around it. Or you could shell out five bucks for start8, get your start button back and forget about it. After using windows 8 for a couple weeks I cant go back to 7 it just seems slower in comparison.

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TrollBot5000

ehhhh just don't see the point. Yeah so the boot times are better but you need a program to run a hack script just to get it to look normal. I'll check phoronix on win8 boot times vs ubuntu 12.04 but yeah I'm just not compelled enough to bother to upgrade. Linux Mint 13 is the best OS i've ever used. To me win7 comes in 2nd to mint 13 (ubuntu 12.04) so I doubt win8 could win me over.

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maxeeemum

Ehhhh fkldo just signed up.

"a buddy bought me a copy for Christmas" Ehhh its December 6th!!!

I smell Microsoft employee or someone who will profit from a Win8 success.

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pratikrawankar

I am Indian Hindu

in India market is count on advertismen

and this shitty advertisment cant save win 8 from dieing bz win 8 is already neem dead

Win 8 metro is like Windows 1.0

i know many retail HP,Dell and alot and all having problem with win 8

none of my college friend using this shit as a primary OS

Win 8 = Vista Rebirth --Confirmed

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TrollBot5000

American edit.

I am Indian and Hindu. In India the market depends on advertising. (Just like everywhere else). And this shitty advertising can't save win8 from dying because win8 is already (neem wtf is that supposed to be...indeed I guess) dead. Win 8 metro is as bad as windows 1.0 hahahahha wtf. I know many OEMS HP, Dell and alot of other manufacturers are having problems SELLING their win8 machines. None of my friends are using this shit as a primary OS> Win8=Vista rebirth. Confuckinfirmed cuzz.

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Trooper_One

... wow, my experience with W8 sure isn't that 'interactive'... or active for that matter!

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Corfy

Back in late 2004/early 2005, I didn't like what I was hearing about the then upcoming "Windows Longhorn" (which, for those who don't remember, later became Windows Vista). I wasn't scared of what I was hearing, I just didn't hear any compelling improvements (at least, none that they were actually going to keep for the final release) from Windows XP, and I was getting fed up with the problems with Windows XP. So early 2005, thanks in small part to an article that ran in MaximumPC, I gathered the courage to give Linux a try. I've been a happy Linux user ever since.

So no, Windows 8 doesn't scare me, but then, Microsoft lost me as a customer a long time ago.

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Paper Jam

I've been on Windows since 3.1. Windows has been on top for a long time. Maybe Win8 will take off, but it isn't for me. If we are in the pre-post-PC era, then maybe it is time for Windows to move over and make room for innovation. That's not to say the Windows 8 UI isn't innovative, but it is a drastic departure from the Windows that we all know and love. I know I am contradicting myself. I just am not a fan of this new direction.

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TrollBot5000

Every empire falls at some point and now its Microsoft's turn. They need a miracle with win9 otherwise I think their market share is gonna start slipping. I run win7 and linux dual booted and use windows for very little. I dont game that much anymore so not much need to boot into my win partition. Sometimes I have to seperate FLAC EAC audio files and theres a windows program thats just better than the linux equivalent so thats one reason I guess but my need for windows has been in decline for awhile now.

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Engelsstaub

Are you using CUETools? Don't use Medieval Cue Splitter...that program is shit.

EAC and dBpowerAMP have both been reported to run well under WINE FWIW.

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Peanut Fox

http://www.michaelv.org/

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Paper Jam

Point taken, sir.

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Peanut Fox

Well I wasn't trying to make a point, it's that you said Windows 3.1, and I thought "I bet that runs in a browser now."

Although I can see where it looks like I was trying to make a statement, and it'd echo mostly what you've already said.

Windows 8 is okay, but I don't think it's really worth the money (no matter how nice the price is) to upgrade from a Windows 7 install. There's just so little gain, and if you don't like the new UI it's a bit of a miss. I'm sure whatever Microsoft has cooking up next will be a stunner.

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Paper Jam

Metro is like my Mii...oops, I meant avatar on my XBox. Overly childish and unnecessary. Maybe Windows 9 will be for grownups. I doubt it.

I do think they are on to something that Apple and Google haven't offered, a unified experience on mobile, desktop, and the living room. They are pushing Metro everywhere. It's on phones, tablets, desktops, laptops, ultrabooks, and even on my XBox. They've gone all in. Can't see MS changing it much for the next generation.

And I thought the point you were making is that without change we would still be using a UI like 3.1. Really glad to not still be there. I think I might try to run 3.1 in a VM, if I can find a copy. Just for the nostalgia. 95 would feel ancient at this point. But at least 95 had a Start button. :)

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Peanut Fox

A lot of people consider 95 to be the "bad" windows OS. It's also a lot the OS that had a lot of the base for Windows 98, and it's UI has been the foundation of every Windows release since for the past 17 years.

Nostalgia was the reason I sourced up the link. Windows 95 is where a lot of my computing firsts took place, but it was a 3.1 system that introduced me to Doom and the game where you had to confine balls into smaller zones.

I think what they have going on with Windows 8 is the right idea with the wrong execution. Bridging all their platforms is smart, giving them all the exact same UI is not. It doesn't fit for every single device they have (the desktop, Xbox, and mobile devices). It's a bit of trying to please everyone and no one going on.

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Random

I don't understand why MS would try to force people to use the metro interface with Win8 and not provide the ability to disable it. I plan to stay on Win7 until MS gives people a choice. If MS doesn't give end users the ability to disable metro then I will eventually move to Linux. I'm not in love with MS and it won't take much for me to move away from their products altogether.

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timlider

Have you actually used Windows 8? If so all you need to do is add a $5.00 application to Windows 8 called Start8 and it will put the Start menu back and actually load up Windows in the Desktop not the metro.

Don't get me wrong Metro is fun once you set it up like you want. Yes, Metro might be too interactive for people to use right now or ever :)

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Random

I tried Win8 at the local Best Buy and hated the metro interface. Why doesn't MS give users the ability to disable metro without resorting to 3rd party add-ons? I know technically the OS can be altered with third party tools but my beef is with Microsoft trying to force their interface down our throats. If they did give us the ability to disable metro then I would have purchased Win8 from day one.

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znod

MS is nauseating. I think that a product being pushed by a nauseating company probably is not worth spending $ for and taking the risk of being nauseated by the product. I like to play with systems so I am running Win8 on a older lappy. Is it nauseating to me? In the spirit of this post, yes it is nauseating to me in the sense that it does not provide an efficient work/play environment for me. I have to face the Charm Bar (where did they get the lame "charm" crud?) way too often; the Metro start screen is a complete waste unless you want to fill your life with fluff and inefficiency (e.g., try using the Metro version of a browser); the organization and function of the new interface's version of the control panel, etc., is horrid; and MS's attempt at controlling you via a MS ID login is a bit over the top. Barf, barf, and barf.

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maxeeemum

Just like the other M$ ads, like the little girl finger painting on Win8, they are poorly done.

I think I smell desperation!

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warptek2010

The problem I think is the TILES. You can see this shit a mile away. People shopping for a new computer/notebook, as soon as they see the tiles they steer clear and head for the familiar Windows desktop. (Should it now be called Windows Classic?)

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Don't be scared Microsoft

"Windows to Go" is the future of computing!

Just make "Windows to Go" the main Microsoft product and make it READ ONLY!
(Removing the spyware and activation crud is probably asking too much)

Anyone would love to go online and play their Steam games at full speed even though they just booted Windows from a slow USB-2 Hard Drive

Windows to Go runs pretty freakin fast from a USB2 drive and Counterstrike never had a single slowdown for over 2 hours play last night

Full Sound Drivers
Full Graphics Support
Full Internet Access

WAY better than Bart-PE

THIS will become the new Windows if it can be completely write protected during boot

Installed copies of Windows 8 onto an internal drive are extremely Dangerous, Broken, Toys by comparison

Welcome to MY vision of the future for Windows

Completely secure and never gets malware

As safe to use as Windows XP with driveshield....But completely PORTABLE

and bitlocker encrypted

Someday we should all boot to a secure environment and simply remove write protection to make the changes WE Want to make while the Internet is disconnected

Anything that does NOT work in Windows 8 will not work in "Windows2Go"

Everything else installs fine as far as I can tell

Minimum Thumbdrive size is 32GB or "Windows to Go" refuses to install

Windows to Go writes to the drive, but the first person to hack this into a write protected boot disk or make software similar to driveshield work on Windows 8 will definitely get Microsoft's attention

This is the Real O.S. as soon as we fix it!

Now, about that spyware....

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PhaQue

Isn't that the same type of talk a drug dealer uses to get some kid to try a crack rock?

...come on...don't be skeerd...take a hit...

Jesus!

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noobstix

The headline of this article immediately reminded me of when I was kinda messing around with those Indian scammers that claim your PC is infected and shit.

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jason2393

If I didn't have a spare Win 7 copy lying around, I'd be happily using 8 on my laptop. It's a bit annoying to use if you don't have a touch screen, but it's easy to get used to.

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Andrew.Hodge

This will never end, will it? We are gonna have old MS vs new MS vs Apple instead of MS vs apple from now on, huh?

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Andrew.Hodge

This will never end, will it? We are gonna have old MS vs new MS vs Apple instead of MS vs apple from now on, huh?

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USraging

Yes, Yes, keep polishing that turd, and one day it may become a diamond.

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Ghost XFX

Somebody cue the Price Is Right tuba....
W8 is a failure, period.

Off-topic.... this Das Keyboard is rather sweet. I might have to get this thing insured or something.

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Straegen

Scare no, but it does seem like a completely pointless side-grade at least on the desktop. They should have refined this OS on touch enabled devices maybe even the next XBox before releasing onto desktops.

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livebriand

Microsoft is the one that needs to be scared. They're trying to force a piece of shit on people, and now it will backfire. Right here, someone who won't be upgrading to Windows 8 because of metro (or whatever it's called).

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thematejka

Scared? No. I've really become to like it. People do need to take a chance with it, it's just that it isn't really necessary for many people, in my opinion...

As an IT worker it has amazing features that I used to have to hack in 3rd party. Powershell usage got better, search got better, Windows 8 got faster and less bloated all around. The visuals are also great to work on all day, not as overwhelming to the eyes.

This all being said. I would NOT have bought it if I couldn't get the $40 upgrade.

Also, Microsoft has lots of work to do...They should know it. Its native apps that are meant to create a single consolidated ecosystem is just not up to par yet. When/if it gets there, I will speak much more highly of Windows 8.

Windows 7 has a lot of great things, and Windows 8 is just not 'new' enough for the average user.

P.S. I guess I am biased, because I bought Stardock's Start8 to get my start menu back and make Metro les intrusive. It was worth every bit of the $5 I paid for it!

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SirFrag

The problem is that App is hokey. It's not a true startmenu, you can't pin to it, etc.

I love some of the new features of 8, but I'll be on 7 for the foreseeable future. I tried 8 on my laptop for two months and I ended up going back to 7 on that machine. I just couldn't get over how obtrusive the new interface is. It's certainly counter-productive.

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kiaghi7

No, windows 8 doesn't scare me at all... it just completely disinterests me with it's "Playschool Computer" approach...

It's more or less pandering to Apple's approach of "make it for the least common denominator", but doing so also blunts the entire purpose of having a computer for my needs, which is as a work-horse and gaming platform.

Those who want a lobotomized computing experience are more than welcome to go at Win8 with fervor, but as the dismal sales numbers show, there isn't a lot of fervor and more like a fever of lethargy that can only be cured with left over OEM's of Win7.

Let's be honest, this isn't a "Tock" windows as the pendulum swings from release to release, it's yet another in a long line of "Tick" (interim) releases that amounts to little more than another "WTF!?!" in the annals of PC history.

Counting backwards the "modern" Windows (last nearly 18 years) releases have been pretty mush as follows;

Win 8 = Blah
Win 7 = Yay
Win Vista = Blah
Win XP = Yay
Win Me/Millenium Edition = Blah (came out 6-8 months after Win 2000)
Win 2000 = Yay
Win 98 = Blah
Win 95 = Yay

Frankly, it's practically a certainty at this point, like high and low tides, that every other Windows release will be the anathema of the predecessor.

I am more than pleased with the performance of Win7 and will stick with it for the foreseeable future, and perhaps if Win9 (or whatever they call it) either dispenses with the childish interface or simply allows for the choice of not using it in exchange for a traditional interface like that of Win7 et al, then sign me up.

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thematejka

On what grounds is Windows 8 a "lobotomized computing experience?"

It would appear you are basing this off of Metro?...

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"I am more than pleased with the performance of Win7 and will stick with it for the foreseeable future, and perhaps if Win9 (or whatever they call it) either dispenses with the childish interface or simply allows for the choice of not using it in exchange for a traditional interface like that of Win7 et al, then sign me up."

Just get a free/paid program that dispenses with Metro and gives back the traditional interface and you are golden! If you are looking for a workhorse, windows 8 provides some nice features 7 does not.

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kiaghi7

Win8 is lobotomized by virtue of the interface being a glorified playschool interface which is actually more obtuse than the traditional Win interface. Reviews have already been done of its many asinine design decisions and frankly clumsy implementation. They were shooting for elegant but only got elephantine blocks in the way of what you're actually trying to do...

If you like it, God bless and enjoy, but again the world at large is clearly panning it as evident of the abysmal sales numbers.

As for your suggested "solution" to the Win8 interface issues...

So you're suggesting I spend money on Win8 which I don't want because it's not as good as Win7...

You then say to go buy a SEPARATE PROGRAM to de-win8 the win8 and make it into Win7 which can literally do every single thing Win8 can do, and in fact will also have all the same DirectX capability, which was the one, and ONLY selling point of Win8 for anyone doing any sort of significant graphical work and/or gaming?

Wouldn't it just be more logical, even by your own examples to just stick with Win7 which doesn't need to be "down graded" to its already native interface, by virtue of an additional expense to fix what M$ broke that wasn't broken to begin with and worked just fine already?

If you're trying to sell me on Win8, all you've done is proven my case that much more and demonstrated even more reason -NOT- to "upgrade" to an inferior iteration of the Win operating system.

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igoka

It really scare that decision I mean general decision go or no go of one person (Steve) can put at stake such a huge Corp. like Microsoft . 1.5 billion for TV ads ? Wow , and message inside " are you a chicken ? " . Lol , lol , lol.

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Granite

Well...I'm a little too old for hip-hop...even that catchy Bollywood stuff...but I'm not too old to learn and enjoy something new like Win8.

It's a great OS.

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MTCWBY

I just bought one of my kids a laptop for Christmas and have been configuring it on my lunch hour. Does Microsoft not do any out of the box testing? If you ask for an email address and it's a POP mail server, how do you expect for me to verify it's really me in Internet Explorer (until I can download Chrome) if I can't get my email with your crappy email client that doesn't support POP. I can't get it from the browser as you intended. Obviously I dig out another device to get it (maybe that windows 8 phone I won't buy) but did you need to make it more difficult.

Look at what your competitors are doing with installations and take some notes for Gods sake. There are workarounds of course but a new install shouldn't have many workarounds or it isn't done. Put someone in charge of this stuff that actually uses it and can get it fixed. I've never seen such an unpolished piece of crap come out of Microsoft and that's saying something.

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haboh

Purely base on my expose so far: Know what none of those ads have? People using mouse and keyboard! Touch, touch, touch! ..swipe! All they care about.
People in those ads do more touching than cardinals at a boy choir camp.

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Strangelove_424

Yes, I’m having recurring nightmares of being encompassed by a navy blue void. The only way to escape the void is through bright tiles, but whenever I touch them, a warning window pops up and it won’t respond to touch. I keep touching more tiles, trying to find a way to escape, but all I get are more warning windows, and they just keep multiplying. When I run away, I end up in another navy blue hallway with infinite non-clickable warning windows stretching as far as the eye can see, and then I wake up in a cold sweat.

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Neufeldt2002

Does it scare me? No, it does not. Take a chance on 8? Already did and decided that 8 just isn't worth it and no amount of "hip" music (which is subjective at best) or "dancing" can change my mind. I'm actually at the point now that when I see an ad for 8 I just hit mute and walk away as I find them extremely annoying.

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renodude18

Nope, Been using it since a few days after it came out, although I feel the OS has yet to really unlock its real potential but I don't really plan to stick around for the next major "Risk" by Microsoft.

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