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Is Windows 8-Vista Comparison Fair?
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Adriaan Retief
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1/21/2014 | 1:30:44 PM
Unfair Comparison

I'd like to start this comment with a warning:

THIS COMMENT CONTAINS AN UNPOPULAR OPINION. If you feel the urge to reply in order to tell me how stupid and how ignorant I am, please refrain from doing so unless you can disprove me with facts and logical reasoning - in which case I will gladly submit to you.

Now, on to the matter at hand.

I like Windows 8. I believe it to be better than Windows 7. I like the start screen. I like the tiles. I love the added features and functionality. It's all I could ever want in an OS - except, of course, for things I do not know of because they don't exist yet. For as long as I have been using Windows 8 (which is about two months now) I have only been pleased by Microsoft's latest OS.

I have no knowledge of nor experience with Vista as I directly went from XP to 7. However, in my opinion, Windows 8 is nowhere near as big of a failure as the majority of people claim Vista to be. In the future, when I too upgrade to Windows 9, or whatever the next edition shall be called, I will look back fondly upon Windows 8, and cherish my memories of the fluid start screen and the simplified apps.

I suppose all this ranting requires some justification, so here it is:

Windows 8 still has all the features of Windows 7 - and even more. Think, for one, of the message that pops up when you're copying files; with Windows 7 we simply saw a bar slowly filling up; with Windows 8 there's an optional graph showing copying speed, and you have the option to pause the process.

Windows Explorer too has been modified - and for the better, I believe. Although I cannot deny that Windows 8's Windows Explorer takes some getting used to, it is undoubtedly simplified, which brings me to my next point:

Windows 8 has overall been simplified - no more fancy Aero theme that hogs all your computing power - no doubt done so that Windows 8 may run on mobile devices without performace isssues. Which is a great thing for those of us who work on low end laptops, due to tight budgets.

All this also accounts for why I'm purchasing a Nokia Lumia - not because of the system specs, but purely for the OS. 

Gary_EL
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1/21/2014 | 4:09:40 PM
Re: Unfair Comparison
There is one big difference between Windows 8 and Vista. Windows 8 works. It may not do what I want, you want, or what most anyone wants else wants, but it does work. Windows 8 computers don't continuously crash. And, I saw a Windows 8 Tablet at Microcenter the other day, and it really seemed impressive, like a combination of a laptop and a tablet - wish I could afford one. But, that being said, for my desktop, I still opted for the solid convenience of Windows 7.
anon7260708497
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1/22/2014 | 8:12:25 AM
Re: Unfair Comparison
Not to start an argument, but Windows 8 does exactly what I want. Heck, it does even more. Just wanted to clarify that.

I'd like to ask you a question, if you don't mind. What does Windows 7 offer that shames Windows 8? Why would you prefer the older version instead of a more advanced OS with far more features and functionality?

I understand in the case of Vista and XP you'd prefer the old solid system versus the new one that continuously crashes. But Windows 8, as you yourself said, does in fact, work, unlike Vista. I just can't see the reason to keep it at bay when all that stands in your path is a little getting used to.
anon0338503779
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1/22/2014 | 12:48:27 PM
Re: Unfair Comparison
>> What does Windows 7 offer that shames Windows 8?

I can't answer for everyone, but as business person who's used Windows since 3.0, I'd rather see improvements that don't require me to learn a new GUI. I'm stuck on Office 2003 for the same reason - I didn't want to get used to the ribbon.

Once I figured out how to turn off UAC, I didn't mind Vista. But with UAC turned off, what was Vista's claim to fame? It certainly wasn't an improvement over XP for the way I used my PC.

So for those that have a lot of time on their hands (to learn a new GUI) or not much experience with prior GUIs, I agree, Win 8 may be hunky-dory.

Now let me take a turn asking a question: 100% of my PC supports Thunderbird - emails, Office 2003 - mostly spreadsheets but some Word & Publisher. How can Windows 8 make my PC a more effective tool for accomplishing those tasks? IMHO, It doesn't which is why it is such a failure.
Thomas Claburn
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1/21/2014 | 4:26:14 PM
end of life?
Anyone taking bets on whether Microsoft will delay the end of Windows XP?
Gary_EL
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1/22/2014 | 1:02:08 AM
Re: end of life?
I think they will have to, or maybe they will end XP and then backtrack. There are too many systems in gov't, the military, medical, industry - you name it - that are built around XP computers. They will start failing due to virus attacks, and the results will be catastrophic. It will be like what they thought Y2K would have been. Maybe Bill Gates himself will have to come out of retirement to stem the chaotic flood that will ensue.
GregC553
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1/22/2014 | 3:15:31 AM
Re: end of life?
Can you buy a car with a 10 year warranty, then blame the maker for not supporting the vehicle??
The world is not over because your too cheap to upgrade.
GregC553
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GregC553,
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1/21/2014 | 5:57:19 PM
8.x is 9
You do know that 8.X series goal is to end at 9.
There is no other developement team.
9 will not have the desktop.


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