I just think that by dreading it, you're setting yourself up to make it worse on yourself than it has to be. Did you read my blog in Tablets in the Enterprise on how I realized Windows 8 was probably inevitable for me? I'm committed to Android tablets. I've invested in this ecosystem. Heavily. Then I realized my most current PC is a Core 2 Duo and that I'm still using some Pentiums for my daily heavy lifting. I haven't upgraded my PCs since I first moved to Ohio. If I'm going to buy a new i5 or i7 PC I realized that there were a few facts.
1: It should be an Ultrabook with long battery life, and quick resume and boot times.
2: If it is going to be an Ultrabook, it might as well be a hybrid convertible for around the same price.
3: If that is the case, it should be Windows 8.
This is a machine where I do my more intensive tasks. Running VMs, ripping content and managing media libraries, manipulating very large files and doing conversion from .iso to mobile-friendly formats. *wink-wink*. An I5 or i7 is going to make those things go faster, and save me time, and allow me to do more of it in less time. These are all things I need. But I was *and remain* a little shy of Windows 8.
So I went into Best Buy and sat with a Lenovo 13 and I was impressed over a 30 minute demo. Real impressed. I don't like the *price*. If it were $900 and offered a 256gb SSD and 8GB ram I'd buy it today. Configured like that, I'm going to have to do the upgrades, and it'll be more like $1500. That is the *only* significant thing that is holding me back.
But initially, it wasn't just price. It was Windows 8. So I figured I have a corporate TechNet, and those 3 Windows Pro licenses were for *exactly* this kind of purpose - testing to see if my clients and my users were ready to migrate to Windows 8. What better way to find out than by eating the dog-food myself?
So I did. I found an older core duo laptop I had in the basement, I popped Win8 on it, and I decided to use it... a lot... to see if I'd like it. I used it over the entire Thanksgiving break. And I liked it... a LOT.
I assigned one of my engineers to try it too... the one who HATES change... as a control - to see what his bias would be. I was shocked when he liked it as much, maybe even more than I did.
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