It’s a good article at the right time. It also paints the picture I would expect, and from what I have seen from my own research. You can still get computers with Windows 7, but most are going to be put together with small business users in mind, or in short, on lower end machines. They are less expensive and really don’t require A processor designed for gaming to be productive. My main desktop computer is custom built to my specifications, but you can think of it as a high end 64 bit, 6 cores, i7 gaming machine. I had it delivered with no operating system and loaded Win 7 pro on it along with Office and other software I needed. I’m saying that to say this. I also use my Windows XP dual core Laptop occasionally with Office on it. It was high end about 7 years ago maybe, but today it would probably be hard to give away. Regardless, when it comes to running Office and other business software I need, the difference between the two machines in performance is hardly noticeable except when getting into multi-media areas. Now, on to a related subject. Even I have referred to Windows 8 as basically being Windows 7 with a bunch of bells and Whistles. That is not entirely 100% true. Some of the code in Windows 8 is noticeably different in the performance area. An example I can give is that one of my more recent multi-media programs that I have is much faster in Windows 8 than in Windows 7. The reason why is that Windows 8 more effectively uses the processing power of my machine than does Windows 7. I can see this with a little utility called “Core Temp”. The same thing occurs with a couple of games. Although I also have my business software loaded into Windows 8 and it seems to function as well as in Windows 7, I do not use it for working on my clients projects. There are two reasons why. I’ve not seen any difference at all in performance in either operating system for what I use it for. The most significant reason is that Windows 8 still does not have a proven track record for that use yet in my opinion, and since the code is different, I’m not sure what clashes might occur with the business software that would cause accuracy or other problems. One of the great lines in the article is “In the end, don't trust what salespeople tell you.” I’ve stopped that a long time ago when I had to educate some of them on what they were trying to sell me. True with cars and electronic gadgets. Additionally, don’t trust what Microsoft might be telling you about how long they’ll be supporting Windows 7. Look how long they have extended their support of Windows XP. With most of the businesses I know either moving or having moved to Windows 7 from XP, do you really believe that they will stop supporting Windows 7 in 2015? Of course, they used the term “mainstream” so you can take that for what it’s worth. It’s the kind of crap I would expect out of Ballmer’s mouth, but I don’t buy it. I expect it’s just another ploy to try to get some to bypass Windows 7 for Windows 8. After all, he is just an overpaid sales person. I’m not anti-Windows 8 like some here, but be smart people. Before you shop for anything, know what you need it for and insure it will support those needs. In addition, as with me and some others have found out, If you are looking at a new computer and you are moving up to a 64 bit machine from 32 bits, you better expect some software compatibility issues with some that ran well on your 32 bit computer. Your old legacy programs are probably going to be useless with the upgrade. You had the processor custom built also? Intel does not MAKE a 6 core i7 nor, from what I can find on Intel's website, any other processor with 6 cores. AMD does make 6 core processors though. I, myself, have used most Mirosoft operating systems with success. Windows 8 when I beta tested it (beta tested xp, vista, and 7 also) left me NOT wanting to bother upgrading. IF they gave desktop users the option to boot directly into the traditional desktop then I would. Most of the programs I use did not want to run from the tiles yet ran fine in desktop mode. No start button does not bother me much, I will quickly learn to do without it.
I'm sure you'll learn something here if you do a little research.