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Windows 8 Device Choices Baffle Buyers
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Tronist
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3/8/2013 | 5:45:43 PM
re: Windows 8 Device Choices Baffle Buyers
I had no problem deciding which to buy. I bought 2 laptops with Windows 7.
BubbaIT
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3/8/2013 | 5:43:30 PM
re: Windows 8 Device Choices Baffle Buyers
So - let me get this straight...

The strength - at least it's been that in the past - of the PC marketplace, its diversity and range of different and yet compatible products - is now a huge weakness.

Maybe we should be more careful about asking for what we may ultimately get...

For the record, I've been using Windows 8 since the release of the Developer Preview 16 months ago. I've upgraded every device in my home to Windows 8 Pro. Some of them are touch-screen-enabled, most aren't. My wife is not a computer professional, and yet she manages to successfully use Windows 8 on three different devices. I frankly think there's too much hand-wringing amongst the professional journalism set about something that will sort itself out with time.

Windows Blue is going to be out in a few months, bringing with it further refinements to the UI and other aspects of Windows 8. How about we all stop whining about perceived shortcomings of the present product and wait to see what develops?
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3/8/2013 | 3:43:57 PM
re: Windows 8 Device Choices Baffle Buyers
Depending on who you ask, the day of the week, and who knows what other variables, a Windows 8 device like Dell's XPS 12 might be called a tablet, ultrabook, touch PC, convertible, hybrid, transformer -- you get the idea. (Dell calls it a "Convertible Touch Screen UltrabookGäó."

That sums it up nicely! This is what happens when you get too many marketing cooks in a room.

Laurianne McLaughlin
InformationWeek
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lgarey@techweb.com,
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3/8/2013 | 3:30:59 PM
re: Windows 8 Device Choices Baffle Buyers
Clicking through channels last night I landed on the current iteration of Sherlock Holmes, sitting in a bathroom, talking to Lucy Liu as he clicked open his Win 8 tablet with the keyboard cover and very pointedly interacted with his tiles. Really inspired product placement. Lorna Garey, IW Reports
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