Has anyone upgraded to windows 8 from 7. How is it if you have. I know you can turn off the whole navigation to make it look like 7 again but I was thinking of upgrading because I get a free upgrade through my school, and it's windows 8 pro. Plus I was thinking of getting the latest version of office.
I've only played around with it a bit, but two of my friends recently purchased new computers and after a week downgraded back to Windows 7. If you prefer the feel of smartphones and tablets, go to 8, but if you like the vintage OS, stick with 7 good sir!
It only takes about 20 minutes of tinkering to get it figured out. It's designed for use with a touch screen and is rather cumbersome to navigate using a mouse. Microsoft's idea is to try and have a uniform looking operating system across all of their devices so, whether you're on a windows phone, a surface tablet or a PC, you've got the same interface. It's a good idea but seems to be falling flat on it's face in practice, mostly because people are pretty intimidated by the new look and navigation.
I've upgraded three machines at work, just to see how the staff would react and what kind of learning curve there would be. I chose those machines because they are used by all the staff through out the day. Oddly enough, I didn't get a single phone call. Everyone messed with it for a few minutes and got it figured out on their own. I expected to at least get some "Where is the start menu?" calls, but I didn't. Not a one.
It's not bad, I think it's a good, stable OS, it's just really different. Once you get used to it, it's easy enough to use. Touch screens are coming down considerably in price and newer laptops are shipping with touch screens right out of the gates. I suspect that once you get one, you'll appreciate the tile layout over the old fashioned menu system.
I still prefer Linux though. Any day of the week. :)
Yeah I do agree about the linux fact. I have ubuntu on another computer I have and even though it is an AMD processor, I rarely if ever experience problems with Ubuntu, the only thing that stinks is that the software that I would use like for engineering isn't really available on linux which is why I have to have windows. If they made AutoCad Electrical, multisim, and uvision, and visual studio I would probably switch full time.