I have always embraced all new versions of Windows - 3.1, NT, 98, ME, 2000, XP(32&64), Vista, 2003server, 2008R2, and Win 7. I always found positives until now.
I have never tried Apple before this week, but this month my daughter needed it for college, so I had an interesting experience. While at stumbled at first, I was able to do most functions and even a few minor techy ones on Mountain Lion within an hour.
Win8 brought mostly frustration after three hours. It runs poorly (granted it is beta) on my i7 with SSD, the design is a mess, and it is anything but fun. The tiled screen appears to be a laughable copy of my Ipod complete with the Windows button as menu button.
Just for comparison I tried a new linux distro. Within an hour I could do everything I wanted, again even some minor techy things such as create a bootable USB.
I have many home PCs, but after trying Win 8 I really will consider moving them to linux when Win 7 is closer to retirement. Any new devices (no more new desktops) will probably be that other company.
I have always ranted against Apple and their Madison avenue created cool, the smugness of their fanbase, and my own measure of their relative cost/value ratio.
I really do not want to start a WIN/Apple thread, that whole argument is stupid. Both are capable tools. But from my little comparison of the major options for OSs, I think MS may be in trouble if they do not redesign this garbage.
I work in tech, but certainly do not claim to be a guru on the desktop. This is just my impression as an ex MS fanboy who may be joining the darkside.
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