Microsoft is practically giving away Windows8, as it knows that very few users will pay full pop for it and it just might suffer the same demise as Vista!
Windows 8 has better cloud integration, better security, and it's cheaper. Like it or not, Windows 8 is the future of computing - where everything from multi monitor workstations to 7-inch ARM tablets is a unified experience. When you move between devices, everything from a slideshow celebrating your first wedding anniversary or a SuP3r 31337 MySQL configuration file to the layout of your tiles or arrangement of desktop icons will be the same, if you so desire. Syncing music, videos, photos and documents will be a breeze.
As well, Windows 8 is more secure than 7. It has pre-boot malware scanning, secure boot, Windows Defender (now a full AV) built-in, SmartScreen Filter across the whole OS, and app security. Assuming you get most of your software from the Windows Store, you can be sure than it's been checked for malware, digitally signed, and that it runs with low privileges and isn't able to access the core OS. All tabs and processes in IE10 are isolated, and full ASLR is baked in to the browser.
You know you on a desktop/laptop, you don't need to use Metro for everything, right? You could choose not to use Metro at all and just use traditional Windows software. And for all this talk about "downgrading", Windows 8 only leaves out a few "features" from Windows 7:
- Media Center
- DVD Playback
Removing Windows Media Center from the default installation is a smart decision by Microsoft. The average user doesn't want to playback movies on their PC or hook up a huge tower to their TV to serve as a DVR. People already have DVRs with their cable subscription, and they don't want to watch DVDs on a 13-inch laptop screen. These days, most TVs and Blu-Ray/DVD players sold are web-enabled. When Joe Sixpack gets Netflix, he doesn't need to go out and buy a new PC to run Media Center - his Blu-Ray player or Xbox already has a Netflix "app" built-in.
The days of Media Center PCs are over, and Microsoft knows that. Their goal is to make Xbox more of a media hub in addition to a gaming system now - with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Crackle, Last.fm, YouTube, and the icing on the cake, live ESPN. And yes, it plays DVDs.
I don't see any reason why Windows 8 is a "downgrade" from Windows 7. Plus, it's only 40 bucks.
'...People already have DVRs with their cable subscription, and they don't want to watch DVDs on a 13-inch laptop screen. These days, most TVs and Blu-Ray/DVD players sold are web-enabled.' Hate to break this to you, but there are many, many places in the world where the PC is the only audio/video device in the home. Obviously your view is quite narrow.
Hate to break it to you, but there are many, many places in the world where PCs aren't used at all.
This post has been edited by Extremist: 06 September 2012 - 01:02 PM