Microsoft has finally released Windows 8 as they try to push their new UI on the masses — but here is a newsflash, the masses don’t want a new UI with a steep learning curve and a completely different functionality paradigm. Panned by many pundits in the tech industry, Windows 8 hasn’t caught on as Microsoft would have liked. Optimized for a touch screen environment, the Windows 8 operating system does little to charm the average user on a desktop. Guess what, I’m and average user and quite happy with Windows 7.
A friend recently tried the Windows 8 OS with disappointing results and, like myself, won’t be updating. And there is there real question, why would you upgrade? Windows 7, the bounce back for the sins of Windows Vista, has been nothing short of exceptional. With a sharp interface (as sharp as a Windows interface can be) there is little to annoy or trouble the average user. In fact, most corporations have been stuck in the mid-90’s OS called Windows XP and have been looking for an alternative. Vista was a joke but Windows 7 is everything Vista should have been then some.
So join the rest of us, ignore the hype and stay with your 64-bit Windows 7 OS. Wait, you are using a 64-bit version, yes? If you really must have Windows 8, either run the RC in a VM module or wait for a Microsoft Surface tablet to hit a store near you. Truth be told, that is what I’m waiting for and something tells me Surface could be a tasty alternative (not replacement) to the iPad (of which I own two).