Sorry guys if this has been covered elsewhere but...
I'm a general IT support guy, computers, smartphones, tablets, corporate phone systems, you name it I support it. So I use Windows 8 on my PC with various virtual machines running other operating systems as required, and Android on a mk. 1 galaxy tab which I uses as a phone (sad I know). I've been using MS products since DOS 2. and Windows 1 (now that was c**p!
What I see is Microsoft running a broad marketing strategy trying to increase the uptake of each of their existing platforms by using the customer base of all of the others.
"Hey, they all look the same, run mostly the same apps and most important you learn one you can use them all!"
Now I know that the quoted bit above isn't completely true but that's the direction I believe they want to go in. I ran the concept past my non IT geek wife who finds learning software use a chore like many of the general punters out there and she LOVED IT. So maybe, just maybe Win 8 will go some way towards increasing Microsoft's market share in phones and tablets which let's face it is what they want in the end.
As far as I'm concerned from hating W8 RC I now use the released version of W8 pro on a 2 year old non touch screen Dual monitor setup and it's OK. Not great but I can use it and it does nothing which bugs me too much. I also mix both old and new Windows software with apps reasonably happily and my Microsoft ID integrates with my domain logon, what's more my progress from one of my games has followed my id and when I re-installed the program there it was.... Hang on where the heck did that come from again?
OK as a network admin with security as a consideration that rings some potential alarm bells but it just means I need to give more consideration to what I'm going to allow my users to do before I roll out Win 8 PCs onto corporate domains. Which in turn means they may be a bit hacked off when they see the security restrictions I'm going to be imposing.
But then consideration for the needs of Sysadmins are not apparently the top of the pile when OS changes are put in place.
But I ramble so I'm going to shut up now. ;o)
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