Windows 8 Shows Signs of Life (Just in Time for Windows 9)

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FrancesTheMute

I guess I'm kind of shocked that XP is still on nearly a quarter of the Windows PC's out there.

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LatiosXT

Most of that is in developing countries that can't afford to upgrade their machines. That or they stick to the old mantra of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"

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maxeeemum

"Windows 8 Shows Signs of Life" ... LOL!

"At the rate Windows XP is falling and Windows 8/8.1 is climbing, the latter would likely overtake the former in less than a year"

ROTFLMAO! Read it here first!!!

The real question is will Windows 9 be able to push XP out of 2nd place? That's up to M$ if they chose to listen to their customers. From what I'm seeing so far I doubt it.

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Jox

I recently built a new PC and, since my old one is now the "family" computer, I needed a new operating system. Having used 7 for several years I was not in a hurry to make the switch to 8 (particularly 8.0). However, suddenly finding myself in need of a second windows license, I opted for 8.1 Pro 64 on my current machine and, after taking a few days to get used to it, I'm rather enjoying it. I still think there were too many unnecessary "features" added, but I have to admit that 8.1 is a decent operating system. I wouldn't suggest making the switch from 7 (unless, as in my case, you are adding a new PC to the mix), and I certainly wouldn't recommend it had they not released the 8.1 update, but if you're upgrading or replacing an old machine, 8.1 is worth considering.

Besides, I know MS is hoping to make future OS's cloud-based and, like certain unnamed celebrities this week, I'm not so keen on that, so I figured I might as well get a standalone OS while the gettin's good.

-Jox

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Random

Hopefully MS will get it right with Windows 9. MS really screwed the pooch with Windows 8. The only people who like Metro and the Charms bar are loyal MS fanboyz.

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LatiosXT

Hey, Metro is a very fine interface on the Zune and I'd take it any day over iOS or Android (the iPod Classic interface is a tossup on preference though).

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Jox

Think of the metro interface as a very basic version of Rainmeter and you'll get along fine with it.

-Jox

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BlazePC

LMAO "The only ..."

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Baer

I teach computer use to Seniors (volunteer work) as well as for S.C.O.R.E and for the first time I am seeing the majority of students in my classes using Win 8/8.1. Most of them are not interested in using touch. Those that have not upgraded to Win 8.1 from 8 have not done so because they just did not know that all Win 8 upgrades have to be installed before the Win 8.1 upgrade is possible.
With Win 8.1 the complaints I am seeing have just about disappeared once the students get just a few hours of training.
Most of the Sr. students have just finally decided to replace their 6 to 8 year old computers, many of them bought tablets a year or two ago and now have decided that they actually want and need a real new computer even though they still like their tablets they realize their limitations. Also the few that bought netbooks and Chromebooks generally greatly dislike them.
(I realize; Just a small sampling and not statistically meaningful)

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BlazePC

So very true.
And those that bawwww about Windows 8 are small & not statistically meaningful but they think that they represent some kind of
majority because they can everything internets.

Deluded basement dwellers need more mommy attention.

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LatiosXT

A lot of people I've found who used Windows 8 don't say much about Metro or go "ew, Windows 8, where's my Windows 7?", or found a way to avoid it with a Start Menu replacement.

I'm pretty sure it's just the vocal few who are screaming over everyone else.

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IntelFanatek

Just trollin through here :D

For argument sake I would like to interject....

Piss on you windoze 8! Piss on you! lol

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Baer

Oh what an enlightening and value added comment.

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IntelFanatek

The intent was comedy. Some people enjoy it (comedy).

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Baer

OK, Ah....comedy, I suggest you keep your day job.

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Granite

If MS offers Win8/Win8.1 (seriously...is anyone using Win8 without upgrading to Win8.1?) users a good deal on Win9, I expect a big shift from Win8/Win8.1. Otherwise, I don't see many upgrading from Win7 or Win8/8.1. Those OS's work just fine and wouldn't justify a high cost to upgrade.

Personally, I'm not bothered by the Charms bar and I don't have a need for a Start Button so I won't be spending anything over $30-$40 for Win9.

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Jacob Stanbery

Actually, there are unconfirmed reports that Windows 9's upgrade will be either free or just $20 for windows 8/8.1 users. It's possibly that it will be so similar to 8.1 (aside from the UI) that Microsoft doesn't think it warrants a high cost.

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Granite

Yes, I've read those rumors, too.

I do expect to be able to upgrade from Win8.1 to Win9 cheaply.