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1.0 out of 5 stars A game changer...and may be not for the better., 2 Feb 2013
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A good, solid operating system ruined by intrusive privacy issues and a tablet interface stuck on top of it.

Microsoft have finally decided to fundamentally change the architecture of Windows in order to steer its users towards fullfilling the corporation's long term stategic business plans. The changes in Windows 8 have little to do with giving desktop users what they need - they are about Microsoft achieving its own goals of market dominance and power. Ok, Windows 8 may not force users to use the online log on, the SmartScreen filter, and the new "Metro" interface, but the architecture is there, poised and ready, and the users are being channel into using it. This approach is a typical migration tactic used by corporations like Microsoft. If you're wondering what the SmartScreen filter is, it's something that checks what software you are installing and using, and which Microsoft can uninstall if it contravenes their new, heavy-handed EULA. It's not really your computer to do what you want with anymore. Consider it to be desktp PC, transforming itself into an oversized iPad, complete with its proprietary "app" store.

Not only are there proprietary and privacy issues affecting Windows 8 users. I am a long time user of Microsoft products and have been using Windows since 3.11 days. I have invested a subtantial amount of money in Windows based software over the last decade or so, and more importantly a lot of time learning how to use all this software. It almost becomes a way of life, so ingrained to the point where I had come to take the flexibility and openess of the Windows platfrom for granted. Windows 8 threatens that I must drop all that and start over, simply because some bean counters there have come up with a new idea they think is "exciting". To me, it feels like it's been forced down my neck. You may say I have a choice, but do I really? What choice would that be? The choice not to accept a EULA, and abandon the platform and legacy of Windows dependant software that I need for my job? It is not a choice because there is no viable alternative. And yes, I'm angry.

Will be sticking to Windows 7 for as long as it seems reasonable to do, and hopefully things will have changed for the better by then. That depends on you. I'm not optimistic. Sorry for the rant.
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Initial post: 14 Feb 2013 16:20:15 GMT
P. J. Long says:
Not a rant Asp K, comes across as a very honest review. I think you're correct about the, "You will use it", and, "Only what we like from now on", attitude of MS. Short while ago someone said we are sleepwalking into a police state. He was right. You're right. Will anybody care? I doubt it. Will anybody fight back? No. And yet we could. All we have to do is put up with windows 7 for a year and MS would drop windows 8. Might as well ask an Apple Head not to buy the latest iPad.

Posted on 1 Nov 2013 00:47:01 GMT
Thomas Holt says:
Many thanks for an intelligent assessment of Windows 8. My guess is that this is one of the "brain-dead" versions of Windows that MS likes to issue every now and then - like Vista et al. I've been using Windows since the first tentative steps towards an open OS that worked and have so far managed to judge the ones not to bother with pretty accurately. Like you, I have a massive investment in Windows-knowhow, best programming languages, best utilities, how to keep it stable etc. If Windows 8 does herald a move towards a "Big Brother" operating system, as you seem to fear, then that is the end for me too. I've been expecting this since Bill left and have been ready to shift to Linux since then. Thanks again.
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