Apologies for the following. Greg Shultz is an excellent writer/reviewer who would be out of work, if he wrote the stuff I'm going to say below.
My first computer was a CMP desktop. My second was a DOS #? machine, on which I later installed the first MS-Windows and a 1M(?) memory card so it could load a clock any first grader could draw faster than Windows did.
So you see, for me it is Clickety-clack, same old railroad track. Most of the look and feel has been 'explored' in applications on the market for several years for the home user. For business, this is change for change sake that does nothing to improve business productivity. History will class this as simply another 'Vista'.
Microsoft is to software, what GM/Ford/Chrysler have been for years to the auto consumer. New paint & lots of advertising, segment the product, deliver faulty product and repair it under a limited warranty if it fails. Then convince the buyer to go buy their new car with the same bugs still hanging around underneath a new exterior.
For new computer users, go for it, after all, the cripple-ware came on your new machine at a very small cost to the manufacturer; because you don't have the real OS to repair or reinstall the OS without paying big bucks to unlock the version codes residing on the same disc. By the way, be sure to bump up the memory to 6G or 8G on your new machine, and utilize a cloud backup service that can ghost your entire drive like businesses have been doing for years. The best thing MS could have done for Windows-8 was to have released W7 running as a shell on Linux (along with Apple, droid, etc.). Include the ability to run applications written for every version of Windows and DOS; and include a serious file and document management system for business with layered security and access controls for business. The home buyer would get the same software and if they took the time to learn it, they would be able to sit down at an office workstation and be productive. Touching icons on a droid or iphone, texting gibberish or knowing what/who some hottie is doing, is not going to help the business world be more productive. In 'Demolition Man' everyone listened to and sang along with 30-second commercials as if they were Mozart.
Welcome 'comrades', to the world of Global Corporate Fascism! I rest my case.
Ciao, and Happy New Year!!!
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