Windows 8 Convertible: My 3-Month Test Drive
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3/7/2013 | 1:44:41 PM
re: Windows 8 Convertible: My 3-Month Test Drive
Unfortunately I'm going to have to call foul on this one, Elon Musk style. The three main arguments for why the author thinks Windows 8 is "not ready for prime time" are all flawed. Sure, there are problems with Windows 8 but the author managed to miss all of them.

1) Yoga tent mode has problems but those are Yoga problems, not windows 8 problems. When they get their firmware sorted out then the Yoga will work like the rest of the Windows 8 world.

2) Dropbox does NOT have to run as a "Windows 8 app" (I think she means Windows Store app). (It's funny how the author corrected her terminology to other incorrect terminology.) There is a Dropbox app in the Store but the same desktop app that exists for Windows 7 still exists for Windows 8. Just go download it like you would with Windows 7 and you're good to go. It has the same deep integration with File Explorer as always.

3) You don' have to you a Microsoft account. Just like Windows 7 you can make up any username and password you want and just have a local account. If you do choose to use a Microsoft account you get some extra syncing features across your devices (which is very nice), but it's not mandatory. Also, if you choose to use a Microsoft account, it doesn't have to be an old hotmail account. It can be one of several types of account, including the new (and amazing)

4) Yes, the Web Browsing in IE10 is incredible, possible better than any other browser at the moment. But a Windows 8 machine is SO much more than a Web Browser (ahem, Google Chromebook Pixel.) You can do ANYTHING on it that you could do on Windows 7. ANYTHING! All your applications, printers, devices, databases, and and services still work exactly like they did in Windows 7. Furthermore, Windows 8 boots faster, requires less disk space, and consumes less RAM and CPU when running. If this weren't enough, it comes with a wealth of new apps (most of them free) that you can use seamlessly across your devices.

Windows 8 is better than Windows 7 in every way (and far better than OSX), It absolutely is ready for prime time for small businesses. I own a small business and I don't have an IT staff either, but we've fully converted to Windows 8 have had lots of success using it. We will never go back to 7.
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