What Do You Really Think Of Windows 8? [We Ask You]

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what do you think of windows 8The release of Windows 8 is approaching fast, with the latest Microsoft operating system due to arrive in October 2012. This isn’t your typical Windows release however, with Microsoft changing things up considerably in an effort to keep Windows relevant in what Apple has continually referred to as the post-PC era.

Windows 8 has been redesigned from the ground up, and it will work on both desktops and tablets. This strategy of trying to please everybody with the same product isn’t guaranteed to be successful, with the very real danger that Microsoft will instead please nobody. With just a few months left before Windows 8 arrives in stores it’s time to find out what you, our loyal MakeUseOf readership, really thinks of Windows 8.

This Week’s Question…

What Do You Really Think Of Windows 8?

what do you think of windows 8

This question comes in three parts. Firstly, we want to know what you truly think about Windows 8. Does it have any chances of succeeding in a big way? Will it see conversion rates near to XP/Windows 7 levels? This is your chance to truly vent about Windows 8, whether you love it or hate it. Do you wish the naysayers would give their flappy jaws a rest until the final version can be sampled?

We also want to know your thoughts on Microsoft’s overall approach. It was clear Microsoft had to do something to be a part of the growing tablet market. Doing nothing really wasn’t an option. But is the company’s strategy sound or could they have gone a different way in order to stay relevant in the face of an ever-evolving marketplace? Would separate tablet and desktop editions of Windows 8 been a better fix, for instance?

Last but not least we want to get down to the details. If you have tried Windows 8 in one of its pre-release forms then tell us what little things you like or loathe. Is there a particular aspect of Windows 8 that grates on you and will continue to grate on you for ever? Is there a new feature you think Microsoft has excelled in adding? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what ‘You Told Us’. One reader will be chosen for the coveted ‘Comment Of The Week’, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and 150 MakeUseOf points to use for Rewards or Giveaways. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

‘We Ask You‘ is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to start a conversation. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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Comments (92)
  • john walsh

    Who the F….. invented this load of rubbish , you would think after the vista experience micro soft in the head would have worked out how to make a good operating system like “win 7″ for instance
    I actually grew after a time to like Vista especially after SP2 and would have kept it had win 7 not come out, this is the OS they asked everybody to try out and suggest things
    This 8 rubbish doesn’t fit my lap screen, needs to be scrolled backwards and forwards to see anything , difficult to get to even do something as simple as going to my comp without having to go through the metro first and if you put anything on metro as a short cut it lists every category of the programme.
    It’s lost Aero and looks like Win 3.1, plain ugly, even the colours are bawdy and ridiculous without the aero interface.
    despite all the bad press I tried Vista but was pleased of course to see win 7 this mess even after playing with it for 3 days on a laptop decided that it was a giant leap backwards, if it doesn’t bomb then I moving over to Apple which is a company I basically think is a arrogant, but I am beginning to think they have a point

  • Ben

    I think it’s fantastic! I don’t know what the fuss is about. It’s lean and it’s incredibly nippy on my laptop. On Win 7 it booted in 40 seconds, on Win 8 I can be completely ready on the desktop in 8 seconds! That’s faster than my friends SSD powered Mac.

    Good work Microsoft!

  • Scott

    Won’t work for me without a local Email program like Outlook express. I don’t put my infomation out on Hotmail or anywhere else like Twitter or google mail I want an on your operating system email program that connected to my ISP

  • Eserpess Eserpess

    Personally I needed to reformat my computer and I had to choose an operating system, as i did not have axcess to windows seven i was forced to jump to windows 8…Personally it looks like a google phone. its missing some key components that I personally LOVE about all windows OS. The thing is Microsoft has kept upgrading from windows 95, the thing id they got feedback from each OS every release and they base their new product with that information on mind, and thats the problem it seems like theve just chucked it out the window (lol) and forgotten about it, its nice that they want to do something new but at least try and stick to one specific audiance, if they try to please everybody thell end up pleasing no body.

  • Jake

    I tried windows 8, I HATE IT!

    I used it for about a week and ditched it. If they make it so it will load up right onto the traditional desktop and include a start/windows button then I would be happy.

    Also it shouldnt have the metro UI running in the background, its ugly and uses to much memory for nothing. i noticed it using almost twice as much ram just being idle as windows 7 does.

    Also im not sure if it was because it was the RC but the loading icon for windows 8 was some poorly desgined ugly fish ( Very unprofessional) if that is the actual loading icon for the consumer release then that is just plain stupid, it looks awful.

    Basically give it the option to look like windows 7, with a start button and no Metro UI running in the background, dont be a resource hog and ill upgrade to it.

    Other than that im sticking with Windows 7 until the next version of windows comes out, because it always seems that every other version of windows is great.

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