I'm really getting tired of a die hard Linux user/advocate and writer for TR bashing Microsoft the way he does. I really feel he does not fully understand what he is writing about sometimes.
Windows 7's UAC was no where near as annoying and hindering as Vista's, which I should point out goes down in line with Windows ME. That said, Windows 7 is presently the most secure version windows to date. I suspect that over time Windows 8 will emerge to overtake Windows 7 in terms of overall security, however for now Windows 7 will remain on top.
Windows 8 will be a change for everyone using it, however time and time again Microsoft has driven change within the desktop industry. Whether it be through applications or within the Operating System itself. If you go to a big box retailer now, you will see that most, if not all PC hardware manufacturers are embracing the touch technology that Windows 8 is geared towards. You now have Ultrabooks that fold up to function as a tablet, you have full desktops with large monitors, and you have the all in one systems; all of which utilize various forms of touch screen technology. Windows 8 will take hold and will thrive, however the first year will probably be a bit painful for users. I've been using Windows 8 since the original beta's and while yes it is not exactly geared towards corporations as their next OS, it is very consumer friendly as it is extremely simple to use and navigate once you see where things have moved to. But just like the changes with Office from 2003 to 2007 and on, it will take time to learn where things have moved, but once learned, it will prove to be a much simpler interface to use.
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