My old computer was on its last legs and I was preparing to buy a new one. As an experiment I upgraded to windows 8 (from a very early Vista) for $40. Now I do not need a new computer. I prefer the new layout and fast start-up. I cannot understand the comments about the start button as I rarely used it. All the programs I used were an icon on the desktop and now they are a tile. I think the 'experts' are a lot younger than me and lack the experience of a computer being a tool. Anyone who did not upgrade can thank the 'experts' for a lot of misinformation and a missed opportunity.
With reference to your comment about developers I think they should wake up to the fact that most are being screwed by apple which has made its app store impossible to navigate for anything other than what apple thinks will suit its image. If they helped MS become a creditable alternative they would not only broaden their own markets but claw back some strength in the iOS arena. Some I know have taken a stance which is actually not to their long term advantage.
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