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“This will be the biggest product and services launch year in our company’s history,” Hmmm....I have a funny feeling that I have read and heard this all before from Microsoft.

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but not as "magical" hahaha

Seriously, I hope the Surface/Win8 combo turns out great and and gives iPad a good slap.

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Elbuda MexicanoJul. 10, 2012 - 09:41AM JST

“This will be the biggest product and services launch year in our company’s history,” Hmmm....I have a funny feeling that I have read and heard this all before from Microsoft.

Services and systems wise, it is. Win7 was said to be the biggest thing since XP, and given current numbers it is (almost all Vista systems converted to Win7, more than half the XP systems too). While it can be a flop in hardcore desktop community, the casual laptop/tablet community will be in for a huge upgrade over ios/android in terms of use (especially i5s/i7s based tablets)

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(especially i5s/i7s based tablets)

Yes, this is a big deal for Intel too because Intel also wants in on the tablet market, which is dominated by ARM processors. Intel is developing its own x86 chips for the tablets. Win8 runs on both ARM and Intel chips.

The advantage is that programs written for x86 architecture could run on both computers and tablets. As tablets become more and more powerful, people would want powerful computer programs to run on their tablets too, as back when laptops started becoming powerful enough to run powerful desktop programs like media editing and authoring software. Eventually, people would want to be able to do those on their tablets too.

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ZZZZzzzzzzzzzz.Yawn!

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It's Windows ME/Vista all over again. If you have Windows 7 I suggest you stick with it.

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Well I am using Windows 8 for few mouths already and i find it ok. But since I use it on PC, metro is being ignored altogether. So I practically use upgraded Windows 7. There is absolute no reason to switch from 7 to 8 if building pc yourself and already having W7. But otherwise one should buy new pc with Windows 8 when it will be available. As casual user you arent going to see much change and you will not miss the start bottom. But it will support better hardware, so there is no reason to stick with W7.

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No, thank you. My last experience with Windows was, what?, Windows 5? And it wasn't pleasant. At all.

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LostinNagoyaJul. 11, 2012 - 07:35AM JST

No, thank you. My last experience with Windows was, what?, Windows 5? And it wasn't pleasant. At all.

There is no such thing as Windows 5. Do you mean Windows 95? And if yes - what did you use since then? Its not like there were any good alternatives for it. Linux and co. arent good for casual users and Apples are way too expensive without offering anything over Windows PCs.

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sf2kJul. 11, 2012 - 02:52AM JST

It's Windows ME/Vista all over again. If you have Windows 7 I suggest you stick with it.

Highly doubtful. The biggest thing people complain about with 8 is that it gets rid of a few features people originally didn't care for in Win7 and replaces them with a few features people don't care for now. Function wise, 8 is stable and fast, considering it shares code with Server 2012 it should be.

ME was actually not pushed all that hard by Microsoft since they knew it was a layover until they could finish the NT5 ported Windows system. In fact, they barely advertised it and instead relied on 2000 sales until XP came (with it's issues that people hated, like no DOS). Vista just generally gets bad rap for very poor 3rd party drivers messing with everything. I have Vista fully patched and installed on a research machine that is pumping out gigabytes of fluid dynamics data, and it's been on for two months straight (and at near 100% cpu for about three weeks of that). If 8 is anything like patched Vista nobody will really be bothered.

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AncalagonzzzJul. 11, 2012 - 04:25PM JST

Linux and co. arent good for casual users and Apples are way too expensive without offering anything

Ubuntu isn't bad for the casual web surfer, and Macs now start at about the same as high end laptops. OSX tends to run behind Windows in design, and Windows 8 is entirely different than OSX. Interestingly, Ubuntu has similar new features, though Windows 8 just looks better than anything else out there.

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Linux and co. arent good for casual users and Apples are way too expensive without offering anything over Windows PCs.

I jumped from Windows derailing train to OSX, and the ride has been smooth since then. Can not return to Windows. Linux is a good platform too.

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