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Windows 8 preview set for Feb 29

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So we can expect all the patches and plug-ins to correct all the errors and holes in the software on March 2nd? :) As well as a new OS in the works by the end of March, of course. Switch to Apple already!

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It's time Microsoft allowed the user to select the OS language when logging in, like you can do on Linux and OSX. I think only the most expensive version of Windows allows that at the moment?

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One of the potential big problems I forsee here are device driver compatibility issues. Like when MicroSoft released Vista, a lot of hardware manufacturers had to rush in making new hardware which are compatible with the new OS.

Personally, I am planning to replace my 7-year-old Windows XP desktop sometime soon, and the prices may dive for non-Win 8 compatible devices.

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My Windows 7 Ultimate is very stable. Not gonna change.

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I've been a Mac user for about 10 years but not everything made by Apple is great, like the Apple Magic Mouse or the SuperDrive, both are failures. I use a wireless touch ball mouse and Apples Trackpad which is very good. I use an external DVD drive on my Macs.

I think it's foolish to say there are no Windows computer equal to Macs in performance.

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Another similarity between Bose and Apple's Macs... both are overpriced products, you can get better at lower prices. No way am I buying a 1000+$ computer just to "try" it, especially since most of them can't even run recent games. Plus, though I recognize the quality of Apple products, I am opposed to their business philosophy that is too controlling and stifling competition and innovation and will not buy their products.

BTW, yes, you will find "superdrive"-equivalent for Windows-based laptops. They're just called under their generic name "external DVD reader/burner" and can be had for much less than the overpriced Apple product. Though many Windows-based laptops don't need them, as they have internal DVD drives instead.

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It's true that Macs tend to have good hardware, but PCs with similar performance are available at less cost nonetheless. Sure, Macs may have some "features" like the aluminum casing and the like to try and justify the price difference, but in what matters (processor, hard drive, graphics card), they're not better than PCs that often cost 20-30% less. For those who do not want to do processor-intensive tasks with their computers, PCs are available at a third of the price of the cheapest Macs that can do the job (surfing the net, viewing videos, typing texts, etc...) just as well as the Macs.

BTW, your messages are so pro-Apple, even posting a link to Apple's Japanese website that my first thought when reading them was "How much is Apple paying him?".

Anyway, Windows 7 is a great OS, not as customizable as Linux, but still very stable and it works very well. With Windows 8, Microsoft seems to be taking a big step in the convergence between older computers and new tablet computers. It's too early to say if that will be the OS to rule them all, desktops and tablets, but my interest is piqued.

Not pro anything, if I was pro one company then I wouldn't be using Windows, Linux now would I? and would only be using mac ^_^

Yes your right cheap generic pc'c can work just as well and macs aren't just novelty shiny aluminum.. the cooling system inside, superdrives with slot loading dvd burner for macbook pros, you wont find any like that on win based laptops.

You also should try Mac laptops to compare, yes it is pricey but you pay for quality, no different to comparing speakers, if you buy cheap speakers can they be compared to say Bose speakers? both can produce sound yes, but the quality, depth and clarity is a different ball game when compared to say Bose or others.

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yes you can buy a good cheap pc from akiba or DIY pc, however at the end of the day, you pay for what you get in terms of quality, I have several win pc's, servers, mac, linux etc, to be honest, mac still comes out best at the end of the day :P

It's true that Macs tend to have good hardware, but PCs with similar performance are available at less cost nonetheless. Sure, Macs may have some "features" like the aluminum casing and the like to try and justify the price difference, but in what matters (processor, hard drive, graphics card), they're not better than PCs that often cost 20-30% less. For those who do not want to do processor-intensive tasks with their computers, PCs are available at a third of the price of the cheapest Macs that can do the job (surfing the net, viewing videos, typing texts, etc...) just as well as the Macs.

BTW, your messages are so pro-Apple, even posting a link to Apple's Japanese website that my first thought when reading them was "How much is Apple paying him?".

Anyway, Windows 7 is a great OS, not as customizable as Linux, but still very stable and it works very well. With Windows 8, Microsoft seems to be taking a big step in the convergence between older computers and new tablet computers. It's too early to say if that will be the OS to rule them all, desktops and tablets, but my interest is piqued.

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I liked XP. Gave Vista a miss. Now loving Windows 7.

No idea about Apple. I suppose it must be quite good but, hey, they're only computers. There are much more important things in life than worrying about Mac vs Windows nonsense...

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Just updated Adobe Acrobat and had to figure things all over again. Why can they just leave things that are not broken alone?

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While that is true, great Windows computers can be had for much less bucks or yen! yes you can buy a good cheap pc from akiba or DIY pc, however at the end of the day, you pay for what you get in terms of quality, I have several win pc's, servers, mac, linux etc, to be honest, mac still comes out best at the end of the day :P

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Another upgrade where the only difference most of us notice will be cosmetic or a lack of something we had before....such as cash.

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Mac's can run mac os x, win 7 and now 8 and linux all natively.. might as well have the best of all worlds on a Mac.

While that is true, great Windows computers can be had for much less bucks or yen!

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Mac's can run mac os x, win 7 and now 8 and linux all natively.. might as well have the best of all worlds on a mac <www.apple.com/jp>

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XP is a ten year old OS...time for an UPGRADE!!!!

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I was fine with xp...then my tower died and had to buy a new computer it came with vista, the only problem I had was it took away my fax program. Now they tell me that 7 has the fax program back. Now windows 8, oh well I guess I will stay with vista for now.

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I'm excited about Windows 8. Win7 worked great on my computer, I think maybe I only had a single BSoD, and maybe less than a handful of crashes. Win8 will be the first one to make drastic progress in the user interface since Win95, which to me is a breath of fresh air. Of course, everyone'll be like "d00d, where's the start-menu" for the first couple of tries, but I think they're taking the interface in an innovative direction - especially when considering the possibilities when using touchscreen. I'd say it's best to try it first, and then give criticism where it's due.

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Original.. google and now microsoft release app stores to counter apples app store..

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Win 7 I experienced a lot of blue screen of deaths.. what will the new blue screen of death look like in Win 8? 3d blue screen of death?

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@zichi,

I am not a big Windows/Microsoft fan, so I don't say this lightly but, I actually haven't had any problems with windows 7 either, it is working remarkably well. Windows Vista, on the other hand was causing all sorts of problems.

And the price comparison with Lion is as you already stated a bit unfair. The license explicitly forbids installing on non-Mac hardware, although it could/can run very well on a standard PC platform. But if you charge the prices that Apple do, then I guess you can afford to give your users a premium on the OS?

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If you're a gamer, you only have one real choice. Even Mac specific games don't run as well on OS X as they do on Windows, and that's mostly due to poor quartz extreme event handling for mouse and keyboard. When gaming you will notice a lag which you don't ordinarily notice websurfing or pornviewing.

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I also updated to Mac OS Lion, and had to adjust my thinking for dealing with some new changes, I now like it. But it's not prefect and will need several updates to iron out some of the bugs. So even OS Lion wasn't prefect on release.

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I didn't use Windows after Windows 98, until last year when I installed Windows 7 on my Mac. I was surprised how good it had become. I also installed Ubuntu, both by using Parallels. I don't use Ubuntu much, but 20% of my time I'm on Windows checking my website, or using a couple of softwares not available for Mac.

I've not had a single problem with Windows 7. I've since installed it on a 9 year laptop someone gave me. No problem with that too.

My only complaint, if compared with Mac OS, would be the price, which I suppose would be unfair since Apple makes its money off off the hardware and not the OS?

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If it is anything like the W8 developer preview they released end of last year, I am not going to touch it with a 12foot pole. That version looked like a pad interface expanded to large screen, and was pretty much useless for desktop use as far as I could see.

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They are just too good the way they are.

There and I thought you liked them to have a bad streak in em.

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I am afraid to update my Macs. They are just too good the way they are.

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bsolute rubbish how they can do this and make it near impoosible to avoid having to update at some stage to their new ripoffware.

It's no different from when Apple releases Lion or Ubuntu goes for Oneiric Ocelot. Lots of recompiling --it happens. You have to understand that computers are extraordinarily complex systems with lots of interdependencies which are hard to not break.

Most fo the "rippoffware" is attributable to 3rd party developers; MS, Apple and others go to great lengths to keep things working using things as VMs and binary translators to keep things running despite 3rd party app laziness.

BTW, XP is hardly state of the art. It's a 10yr old OS. That's eons in computer development time.

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And how may software programs, printers and other things wont work with it, like windows 7. Absolute rubbish how they can do this and make it near impoosible to avoid having to update at some stage to their new ripoffware.

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Who cares...Windows XP and 7 are fine as they are. We do not need Microsoft's new crap ware fest with a tacked on App store and awful Metro GUI overlay.

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