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Good: It has taken a bit of getting used to but, particulary now with 8.1, it is an obvious improvement on Windows 7
Bad: The increasingly perverse refusal of a very few major sites to release apps for Windows.
Comment: I now have a Windows PC and RT tablet along with a Lumia phone with Windows Phone 8
Plainly these have not yet been fully "knitted" together but huge strides have been made. Particularly Office and SkyDrive. Most apps that I need are now available with the one curious omission of the BBC.
I suspect that it is not going away so I suggest that your negative reviewers would benefit from persevering. They will come to understand how it is an improvement over Windows 7.
Change management will always be difficult and the move to Windows 8 is a classic example.
Bad: The whole user interface
Comment: Probably the worst ever Windows, and I'm even including Vista here. It just takes ages to navigate anywhere. In a work environment, I just want to open a program, not share that fact on facebook or post a video of me doing that on Youtube. This version of Windows is fine for phones or if all you do is use social media, but for trying to get a day's work done is totally useless.
Good: Can't think of anything
Bad: Makes me feel stupid: slow if you have Skype
Comment: I was a happy user of Windows 7 when I had to replace my lap-top. Unfortunately I just missed the opportunity to get a new one with Windows 7. I have used Windows for many years and I really resent having to learn how to work the thing all over again, with absolutely no advantage after having done so. I am not interested in social networks and games, and I don't have a smart phone. The famed boot speed is prejudiced by programs such as Skype. Indeed, W8 advises you to keep Skype switched off if you want a quick boot. If you want a speedy computer and out-of-the box functionality, get a Mac. I have, and I will ditch Windows for good once I have found a new home for my new W8 lap-top.
Good: Quick to boot, built in anti virus
Bad: Messy inefficient user inteface, settings and controls splattered all over the place, limited customisation options, "the ribbon"
Comment: I've been using Windows 8 for a month now and pretty much know my way around it but that doesn't make it good for one minute. The Windows 8 user interface is horrendous. The metro/start/whatever screen serves no useful purpose to me and is nothing more than a hurdle that must be jumped before you can get to the desktop which itself is not as functional as it used to be in previous versions of Windows. The theme of reduced functionality or user option continues throughout Windows 8. It very much feels like a "dumbed down" backward step.
Good: looks good
Bad: not compatible with 7 programs
Comment: I bought a new windows 8 pc to run my business, only to find that although it looks great it doesn't work with older programs even in compatible mode. To solve this I have been told to update my software costing more than the pc.
In my opinion if you want to work on a pc stick with 7. If you just want to play & surf the net 8 is good enough but still has a long way to go to beat the others.
Good: made expecially for Kids and Facebook users
Bad: It's terrible and not 100% compatible with my old software. It looks like a turbo pascal (pre windows era) application.
Comment: Or.. I'd rather say I owned it. Returned the brand new PC just today after a nightmarish weekend.
If I wanted a phone I'd rather buy a phone, and Android at that too. I have no room for a PC that tries to emulate a phone.
I wanted a PC desktop for multimedia purposes, that was meant to play movies and play last generation's games with ease.
That said, the first game I installed wasn't even compatible, and the DVD playback feature was also gone for good. Well, I know there are other programs to play games and watch movies as well, but that start wasn't a thrilling start if you ask me.
So I had this brand new system and I spent much time trying to get back the features I knew well, thank to a good guide I found on this site. (thank you CNET)
So I got back a windows start like button and inhibited four corners and start screen, but even so, I continued jumping back and forth from desktop applications to and start screen, on the whim of the machine.
After some days like that I decided I had enough and returned the PC back to the vendor. The problem now is that there aren't any substitute windows 7 PC to buy as the only systems are win 8 compliant. Or Macs...
All of that was on my home PC. I don't want to think about using it at work. I can't figure myself swiping (with a mouse) apps trying to stay on Toad and Eclipse without the start screen popping up on its own if I clicked something. God save us!
I would like to take a chat with the genius that projected this mess. How could he think a PC would work like a phone or a tablet? They're different objects to begin with, meant for different purposes and it shows crystal clear. But windows 8 tries hard to be both and it won't work like that cause metro and desktop continue interfering the one with the other to the user's desperation.
Wanna make a light internet PC for the crowd? Cut out the desktop for good, but let the people who still want to use a computer as it's meant to be the option to elect the desktop only as the interface for it!
Good: It is new
Bad: Everything else
Comment: We updated to Windows 8 recently and should not have done so. We use the PC as a tool to write letters etc. We now need new software for practically everything. I feel robbed and everyone hates me because the PC does not work. My advice is don't change from Windows 7.
Good: cannot get by with it
Bad: Too Fiddly,I want a computor not a toy,can I reboot my new computor with my vista disc
Comment: Wasted 500 Pounds on a piece of junk and still end up using my old computor
Good: You can customize colour background on it and after a while its easy to use, fast and it looks good.
Bad: Takes while to get use to.
Comment: When I first got windows 8 for my pc I thought Microsoft had made a big mistake but after using it for about a week I started to REALLY like it. Now I am surfing around the PC without even thinking about it and now I am very use to it. I think if you know how to get around windows 7 or even maybe vista you will get used to it after 2 weeks but it is a VERY big step from xp! Also before I got it I had Vista but even before that I had xp and now I have 7 and 8 and use 7 at school and still use xp sometimes but not as much. The tile layout is very nice and I recommend windows 8!
Good: Attractive looking, unique user interface
Bad: Complicated controls, removed familiar features
Comment: The removal of any sort of start button and the lack of a clear way to close metro apps or even shut down your PC make this a no go for me. I gave it 2.5 stars because I have only used it for short periods of time, maybe after long term use I could get used to it. Still, nonetheless I will stick with windows 7.
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