Microsoft's Windows 8 Retail Packaging and Box Art Pops Up Online

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renodude18

I've used win 8 and had a few friends and family use 8 too see what they think of it and can't stand it. It drove me to look at Apple for the next upgrade for my systems. Now as for driving a stake in PC gaming. Have you noticed a lot of the big game makers moving over to Mac... cough cough.. EA/ Sims 3 and Stream moving its game client over there? With windows heading the direction I see windows gaming fading away and mac gaming as well as some Linux gaming growing in popularity.

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_Jono_

I hate the art they chose to put in the windows icon. Not that it's a bad overall design concept. They just need something better on the other side. The grass looks better where I'm standing, Windows 7

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johna

You can package a pig anyway you want but in the end it still is a pig. Windows 8 = fail.

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swflyingpotato

Have you even use Windows 8 as a primary OS yet? Other than Metro (whatever it's going to be called now) - replaces the clutter that once was a desktop full of icons. Which anyone who has seen a girls computer, sees the wonderful zoo of icons on their screen. The taskbar is still used for your everyday programs. I primarily use standard Windows desktop, and I have no problem avoiding Metro like the plague once I've booted up. I only see it becoming an issue if you are using a 5,400 rpm drive with a single core processor, which then searching becomes an issue. If you have used it, and just don't like it. Stick with 7, its a great OS, just 8 is generally faster (not always by much).

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Mortal_M

Windows 8 could work well in the restaurant industry, however they are very well setup and I don't think anyone is going to be willing to put money and effort to upgrade and redesign the whole system they've got.

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LordZarlon

I thought you guys said that there wasn't going to be a retail version. Just an upgrade version and an oem version. What gives?

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ShyLinuxGuy

At least the obnoxious plastic packaging is being pushed to the wayside...I'm no greenie, but I have to admit that the packaging for most software is wasteful just to hold a CD and a few scraps of paper.

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kiaghi7

For every measure of good, there is a balancing amount of bad...

For every WinXP, there is a WinVista... Ultimately Vista became a good OS, just not in time to beat the bad press...

To recover from that, MS was smart enough to make a better OS from day one and succeeded quite well with Win7 which I am currently using.

The simply asinine decision making with Win8 however makes one think that the inmates are running the asylum over at Microsoft HQ... If one wants an entirely touch enabled interface, so be it and let that be an OPTION within Win8 to change the screen into "Playschool PC for Adults"...

For the rest of the world who do not want it, let them continue as they are, unimpeded by a counter-intuitive interface that 'goes out of its way to be in the way'... I don't use my computer to use the interface, I use it to play games and create things in the productivity software I use...

The interfaces of an OS or various software are not the ends, they are the means to that end. I don't need the means trying to direct me, that's the entire point of an interface for the user... the operator tells the interface what to do, not the other way around.

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eday_2010

Have you even used Windows 8? I find the Windows 7 Start Menu more counter-intuitive than the Windows 8 Start Screen. No folders to drill down and the search is instantaneous. I spend almost no time on the Start Screen because I have learned how to use it effectively.

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super_legit

"for every good, there is a balancing amount of bad"

is that a scientific fact?

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kiaghi7

Actually yes, it is...

For every good example of an aspect, there is inherently a lesser example with which to draw comparison to, hence why one is deemed better.

It's all in the adjectives...

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Gauntylgrym

Hey, the packaging is as stupid looking as the UI. At least they're going for consistency.

Windows7 is getting better every day.

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BrandNewJesus

LOL! (literally)
That was good.

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hammeredtoast

Looks deliciously from the 1990's.

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hammeredtoast

Looks deliciously from the 1990's.

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Rictorhell

Now all we need are actual prices for the Surface Pro AND the Surface RT, and prices for the different versions of Windows 8. I would love to know if there will be an actual "Full" version of Windows 8 and how much that might cost. Is the "System Builder" edition actually, in reality, the "Full" version, and again, how much will it cost?

If anyone has any idea....

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