Five Surprising Facts About Windows 8

Chris Hoffman 24-09-2012

facts about windows 8Windows 8 is full of surprising changes – whatever you think about Windows 8, Microsoft certainly isn’t being timid this time around. The new “Windows 8-style UI” interface formerly known as Metro Windows 8 In Daily Use: What Is It Really Like? You hate Windows 8, don’t you? You’ve never used it, you haven’t even seen it in action (other than via a few YouTube videos) but you hate it. It’s pointless, it’s ugly, it’s unwieldy… you... Read More and the de-emphasis on the traditional Windows desktop 6 Ways Microsoft Is Killing The Traditional Desktop In Windows 8 [Opinion] The traditional desktop is still around in Windows 8, and it’s probably the best Windows desktop yet (aside from not having a Start menu.) But Microsoft is setting it up for the kill. The writing... Read More aren’t the only things to be surprised about in Windows 8.


From integrated antivirus protection and less-disruptive updating to the removal of the Windows Aero 3D interface and the lack of DVD or Blu-Ray playback support in Windows 8, Windows 8 is sure to be full of surprises for the average Windows user. Here are some of the biggest facts about Windows 8 you may not have already heard of.

SmartScreen Anti-Malware Filter

If you’re an Internet Explorer 7 Useful Tips & Tricks For Internet Explorer 9 Users Tech websites write a lot about Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, so it’s easy to feel a bit left out if you use Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer 9 is easily the best version of Internet... Read More user, you’re already familiar with Windows SmartScreen – it filters the applications you download for your security. For example, if you download a popular application such as iTunes, Windows will allow the download to proceed. If you download a less-popular application that SmartScreen doesn’t know about, you’ll get an unknown application warning – the application could be malicious; SmartScreen just doesn’t know. Finally, if you download a known virus or other piece of malware What Is The Difference Between A Worm, A Trojan & A Virus? [MakeUseOf Explains] Some people call any type of malicious software a "computer virus," but that isn't accurate. Viruses, worms, and trojans are different types of malicious software with different behaviors. In particular, they spread themselves in very... Read More , SmartScreen will alert you that the application is definitely malicious and block the download.

With Windows 8, SmartScreen is now integrated into the Windows operating system itself – it doesn’t matter if you use Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or another browser; applications you download will be screened by SmartScreen when you try to run them. This feature is optional, although it’s enabled by default.

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A Less-Disruptive Windows Update

Windows Update is the bane of every Windows user trying to get work done. While it’s important to install updates Why Do Apps Nag Me to Update & Should I Listen? [Windows] Software update notifications seem like a constant companion on every computer. Every app wants to update regularly, and they nag us with notifications until we give in and update. These notifications can be inconvenient, especially... Read More , Windows Update can be a hassle – frequently asking you to restart your computer and forcing you to click a “Go Away” button every four hours until you finally do.


With Windows 8, Microsoft has made Windows Update behave more sanely. Windows Update will only try to restart your computer once per month, after Microsoft’s “patch Tuesday,” when security updates are released. Windows will also give you three days to restart your computer, with a warning on the login screen instead of one that hassles you while you’re working on your computer.

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Built-In Antivirus

Windows 8 finally includes an integrated antivirus. The antivirus is named Windows Defender, although anyone who has used the free Microsoft Security Essentials How Reliable Are Default Windows Security Apps? The first computer my family owned ran Windows 95. It had just arrived, and we purchased a computer with it so that we could have easy access to this new-fangled thing called “the Internet.” At... Read More will recognize the interface immediately. Windows 8 includes Microsoft Security Essentials by default; it’s just been renamed to Windows Defender.

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Windows Defender will get out of the way if you install a third-party antivirus, so you’ll still be able to install other antivirus programs. Other antivirus programs The 10 Best Free Antivirus Software No matter what computer you're using, you need antivirus protection. Here are the best free antivirus tools you can use. Read More , such as Norton and McAfee, will market themselves as having “more features,” but Windows Defender has all the features the average user needs in an antivirus.

Microsoft has taken a while to get here – while they currently offer Microsoft Security Essentials for free, MSE was originally based on Windows Live OneCare, which Microsoft sold to Windows users. It’s good to see Microsoft beefing up Windows’ security.

No Integrated DVD or Blu-Ray Playback

Windows 8 won’t include DVD or Blu-Ray playback support. Many new computers — ultrabooks What Is An Ultrabook & Can It Succeed? [Technology Explained] Remember when the word laptop described virtually every mobile computer on the market? The choices were certainly easier back then (because there was simply less choice available), but today there’s a far wider variety including... Read More  especially — don’t ship with DVD drives. Microsoft pays a fee to license DVD playback on each computer that ships with it — there’s no point in Microsoft purcahsing DVD support for computers that can never watch DVDs. Microsoft is also betting big on tablets with Windows 8, and tablets don’t have disc drives.

Don’t worry, though – you can still watch DVDs and Blu-Ray discs on Windows 8. Windows 8 computers you buy with disc drives will include licensed DVD and Blu-Ray playback applications that will be able to play the discs. You can also download the popular and free VLC player 7 Top Secret Features of the Free VLC Media Player VLC should be your media player of choice. The cross-platform tool has a bag full of secret features you can use right now. Read More  to play DVDs and Blu-Rays without paying another cent.


You can also buy or upgrade to Windows 8 Professional Which Windows 8 Version Is For You? If you’re interested in upgrading, you’ll also need to know which edition of Windows 8 is right for you. The good news is that Microsoft has simplified the different editions of Windows in Windows 8... Read More , which allows you to install the Windows Media Center add-in, which comes with DVD playback.

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Windows Aero & Flip 3D Are Gone

Aero Glass Tweak & Customize The Color In Windows 7's Aero Glass With These 5 Tools One of my favorite features in Windows 7 is Aero Glass. There’s something really appealing about the whole Aero look, and I love changing the look and feel of my system by changing Aero colors.... Read More , first introduced with Windows Vista, was once the future. Microsoft advertised Windows Vista as a shinier, more futuristic and advanced version of Windows, and the glass and transparency effects were a big part of the “premium visual experience” that Microsoft was selling.

As we mentioned in our list of things that Microsoft removed from Windows 8 What's Missing From Windows 8? Windows 8 has seen the removal of many features that have been key to Windows over the years, including the Start button, Start menu, and Windows Aero. We tend to focus on the new features... Read More , Aero Glass is gone. The new desktop theme is a flat, single-color look that fits with the flat look used in the Windows 8 interface formerly known as Metro. (However, you can customize the color used, just as you can customize the color used in the interface formerly known as Metro.)


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Microsoft argues that the new interface is simpler and cleaner. It’s also likely that Aero was removed to improve battery life on ultrabooks on tablets.

Also gone is Flip 3D How To Enable & Troubleshoot Aero Effects In Windows 7 Read More , the window switcher you can access by pressing the Windows key and Tab at the same time on Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Flip 3D was never particularly comfortable to use – it was always a glorified tech demo that existed to show off 3D effects and impress Windows customers.

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What do you think about the changes in Windows 8? Leave a comment and share your opinion!

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  1. Daniel Voyles
    March 12, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Actually Windows 8 is worse for updates. I had it force a restart on me. If you do not click cancel within 30 seconds it restart automatically. What if you walk away while doing some work and forget to save and Windows 8 decides it needs to restart? Maybe this is for only certain updates, but not cool.

  2. Anonymous
    February 25, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Many people don't like windows 8, but for my it is great. I use it on all of my computers and I like it mainly because it is really fast. One of my computers is working on celeron and with windows 7 it worked really slow, but with windows 8 there is a significant increase in speed. I also have found some interesting metro apps in the store.

  3. Shubharup Ganguly
    February 13, 2013 at 10:00 am

    "...— there’s no point in Microsoft purcahsing DVD support for computers that can never watch DVDs."
    Should be "purchasing".

  4. prasanth vikkath
    January 20, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Windows 8 is an impressive piece of work. But we can only fully utilize the interface when you use windows 8 in a touch stimulated PC.

  5. Anonymous
    January 19, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    My only problem with win 8 in that there is not built in way for me to use my old start menu rather than the new on.

  6. Juan Rico Gultom
    January 6, 2013 at 7:29 am

    No Integrated DVD or Blu-Ray Playback ???? :|

  7. Shmuel Mendelsohn
    December 20, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    The only Microsoft product I ever bought immediately when it came out was Windows 7 - every other app was always released too soon. However, I assumed that Windows 7 was just the "fix" for Vista (which sure needed fixing). I still haven't made up my mind about Windows 8.

  8. Brenden Barlow
    December 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    i really enjoy windows 8, but since i do a lot of work involving software that tends to show as a false positive (virus wise), the windows built in antivirus is a bit of a pain....its actually quite difficult for me to find a flexible enough antivirus. but as far as the updates go, windows 8 is soooooooo much better. i dont even hardly realize its updating.

  9. Sid
    December 10, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Wow! Windows 8 seriously rocks! Go get it guys. I'm sure you won't regret it!

    • Dave
      December 15, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      I agree with you. I frigging LOVE W8. It's WAAY faster, it's cleaner, works very well with a mouse, more stable and just a plain joy to use. I actually look for things to do with it instead of using it because I have something to do. The Start screen is amazingly fast, easy to customize. The integrated email is wonderful but needs just a tad bit more features but is very useful as it is. I almost never go to "Desktop" mode anymore.

  10. Keith Roddey
    November 28, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Though there are many things I do like about Windows8, but there's one thing that really bothers me (where they could have done a much better job of implementing). With the new version of Internet Explorer you are no longer able to organize your Favorites. In prior versions you could organize them in folders, which allowed those people (I would think most of us) who have more than a few, to group them logically. Now, favorites are presented in an horizontal list that you have to scroll through till you find the one you're looking for. This is a deal breaker, as far as using the newer browser (I've since created an "Internet Explorer Classic" icon pointing to the Desktop version on my Start screen). You should at least be able to scroll through your favorite's folders and then scroll through the contents. :(

    • Chris Hoffman
      November 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Yikes -- that's one of the many features IE10 for Metro (oops, not supposed to call it that!) is missing. Good thing you can use Chrome or Firefox in Metro -- assuming you're not using Windows RT.

  11. Austen Gause
    November 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Lokks awesome

  12. Genaro Gutierrez
    October 30, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Sound like; first you need through away whatever -you have- computer machine, then go to buy the new technology and to test all future advances come on, broke your head until dont' know what have to do. Sure you are smart, either maybe it's not your fault, just something on the application needs refixed.
    Mmmmm, I prefer wait for a litlle while, but it's pretty sure is one step up.

  13. Kamruzzaman Chowdhury
    October 29, 2012 at 4:30 am

    I love Windows 8 for it beautiful visual and first booting option but in other aspects I didn't find so many differences from Windows 7. Anyway, thanks Hoffman for sharing for these Windows 8 features.

  14. Jim Berry
    October 28, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I have a home-brew PC with Intel i7 processor, 16GB or DDR3 RAM, two 120GB SSD's, two 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 HDD's, and two high end video cards driving dual 24" monitors.

    I've been using both pre-release versions of Windows 8 since they first became available. As the former technical director of a major computer manufacturer, you can imagine my chagrin when it took me almost 15 minutes after the first install to figure out how to turn my PC off!! Needless to say, I was not impressed with the Metro interface!

    Since I now own a small business repairing other people's PC's, I knew I had to have Windows 8 on at least one of my PC's, but to me, the new interface is strictly suited for touch-screen displays. And until the price of touch-screen monitors comes down considerably, I will probably use Windows 8 only when I absolutely have to!

    • Pat Gillin
      November 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Windows8 is functional to the max. It was easy to install, easy to use, and I am sold on this new OS. It took no time to figure everything out and set it to my needs. My new Dell Inspiron does not function as touch screen but the track pad works just fine. No mouse necessary. Oh yes and it toggles between Windows7 and Windows8. Shutting down is different for sure but this 77 year old female found it immediately - no manual involved either. Happy I upgraded.

    • Chris Hoffman
      November 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      I'm personally keeping Windows 8 in a virtual machine and I only use it when writing articles about it.

  15. INXS9000RPM
    October 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    This article is a Shill for M$, making out that these 5 features are "suprising" and somehow make Win8 superior. What utter Crap! Anyone who has dealt with MS products long enough to consider themselves qualified to be a blogger on the subject, has encountered M$' profit-motivated arrogance:
    - in removing useful features such as Help manuals for Office, or Find in Vista;
    - in introducing new bloatware features like Aero;
    - in selling a 2nd rate product/service like Live OneCare;
    - in hijacking IT industry standards authorities just to get M$ proprietary standards accepted; ; e,g DOC headers, XML, etc.

    Mr Hoffman needs to be HONEST with us and stop propagating M$ propaganda!

    • Chris Hoffman
      November 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Shill for MS, really? I personally have not updated to Windows 8 as I think it's worse for traditional desktops because of the interface. That doesn't change the fact that there are a lot of improvements from Windows 7 on the desktop and in performance.

      I've even wrote about the ways in which Microsoft is damaging the desktop: //

      I've complained a lot about Windows 8 on Twitter and Google+, particularly the way in which the new interface is a closed platform which gives Microsoft the power to decide what you can and can't run on your own computer.

      In short, I don't like Windows 8 and I'm not using it. That said, there's a time nad place for my opinion, and this article wasn't it.

  16. Eserpess Eserpess
    October 11, 2012 at 1:38 am

    I'v had it for a few days know and...I just dont know. I think i want my windows seven enterprise back...Just out of comfort and because i actually know how to fully navigate it.

  17. Luis Garza
    October 9, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Great to know as just started using windows 8. Looking what features I can find.

    Thanks for great article.

  18. Tourniquette
    October 7, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I just installed the Release Preview today over an install of Arch Linux that I'd been using for the past few months specifically for the purpose of doing some light gaming (my Battlefield 3 disc was finally eaten by my aging 360). Migrated to Linux back in '08 and haven't really been interested in proprietary stuff since, so time to give the old boy another chance.

    The Metro interface is cooky. On Linux, my main GUI is usually Gnome 3, another UI built with tablets and other small devices in mind more-so than the traditional desktop, and I'm probably one of a handful of people that thoroughly enjoys the experience. It's easy, intuitive, quick, and integrated with the web. I love what Microsoft has done to improve stuff under the hood, and W8 runs about as fast as Arch did on my aging hardware (actually very impressive), but Metro seems like it's dedicated to be in your way if you're using a desktop or a laptop that isn't equipped with a touchscreen.

    It's understandable that Microsoft wants to stay competitive with Apple and Google and want a piece of this mobile-computing cake, but they're different companies for different reasons! Microsoft already rules the enterprise/business sector with the most established and supported operating system in the world, why destroy your own customer base by completely "reinventing the wheel"? How exactly is it more productive to break a simple panel into 20 different windows? The GUI is both overly-simple and overly-complicated at the same time!

    • Chris Hoffman
      October 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Businesses that depend on the desktop are definitely not interested in upgrading to it right now, that's for sure.

  19. aelaos
    October 3, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Although W8 seems to be an interesting upgrade , I believe that W7 will become the next Win XP

    • Chris Hoffman
      October 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      Windows 7 is definitely the new XP, especially for businesses.

      • carl k
        October 28, 2012 at 11:59 pm

        I upgraded to a new machine 4 months ago with 7 and use MSSE, so I see no reason to go to 8.

  20. @dcfreddy
    October 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I think they are very right and also keeping up with the standards of today by making a buit-in anti malware especially their very own and best Microsoft security essentials. the anti malware is very good....thank you Microsoft

  21. salim benhouhou
    October 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    windows 8 has issues specially with games

  22. Garret Lukens
    October 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I dont want Aero gone. I love it. When and if I upgrade, ill definitely find a third party solution to bring it back. I dont want my windows looking like win95 again.

  23. alfonso
    October 1, 2012 at 8:31 am

    hola a todos,yo estoy probando win8 en otra partición y la verdad se ve bien pero opino que la interfax aero aunque no sea muy útil pero esta siempre bonito ver un S.O bien tuneado y será de echar de menos para los frikis informáticos.

  24. Corien
    September 30, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I quit working at shoprite and now I make $35h - $ I'm working online! My work didn't exactly make me happy so I decided to take a chance on something new… after 4 years it was so hard to quit my day job but now I couldn't be happier. Heres what I do,

  25. Raj Sarkar
    September 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I am starting to like Windows 8. :P

  26. Christian Bilger
    September 28, 2012 at 1:21 am

    i give windows 8 a thumbs up

  27. Jorge Sanchez
    September 28, 2012 at 12:34 am

    It will be kind of hard to get used to the windoes 8 but hey, they are modernizing to apps and all that stuff, but I'll stay with the simple and not yet old-fashioned windows 7. As far as the UI, they should've just kept it for the phones and tablets only and not include it in a PC, that's why there's always a difference in them. I love Aero and Flip3D, they aren't bad or annoying, they're still cool.

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 30, 2012 at 3:29 am

      Really, do you actually use Flip 3D? I've never met someone who did!

  28. Angel
    September 26, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Windows 8 looks to me like i have a phone instead of laptop. The interface looks too simple for me. I understand that is better responding software than Windows 7, but its look is too flat. I think the idea of having Metro stile on one side and the classic desktop on the other is great, but can be done way better. Metro stile icons can have volume for instance with more space between them.......what to say, having phone in pocket and phone on my desk is a bit odd. The software for desktops and laptops have to distinct some how of the one used for tablets and phones.

  29. Ewan Millar
    September 26, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Windows 8 runs faster than win 7 and xp. to much negative attention has been give to the new metro interface. Windows 8 has better security features. It not perfect but its not as bad a vista or windows 2000.

  30. Chris Raisin
    September 26, 2012 at 3:29 am

    I think Windows 8 is terrific! A challenge as a programmer, though, but for ease of use and SPEED it is the best!

  31. Petey Pabler
    September 26, 2012 at 1:55 am

    And about Aero and some of the other graphics changes (Win7/8), that is still a dispute between Nvidia/ATI and Windows. They are butting heads on a few graphics standards and removed certain standard features. (Dual monitors, and you can only have one background, etc...)

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 30, 2012 at 3:28 am

      I believe dual monitors work fine, but you can't have two metro apps open on each monitor at once...

  32. Petey Pabler
    September 26, 2012 at 1:53 am

    I am waiting to get a touch screen display before I get Windows 8...

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 30, 2012 at 3:28 am

      Definitely a smart move.

  33. Jacob Twitchel
    September 25, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I am kinda disappointed that they removed Aero and Flip 3D. But some of the other stuff like not being able to read DVDs and Blu-ray discs I really don't care about because I usually install VLC Media Player and use it instead of the defualt. VLC is amazing! lol. I am also glad that they put up a better virus protection. Even though I probably won't use it... It's nice to know that its always there as my backup.

  34. Andrew West
    September 25, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Still does not make me look forward to using it anymore than before I read this. :p

  35. GrrGrrr
    September 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Windows Aero & Flip 3D Are Gone = = It took Microsoft couple of years and 2 Operating systems to rectify a mistake.

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 30, 2012 at 3:28 am

      It's just amusing to me that Windows Aero was pushed as a premium visual experience and now the removal of Windows Aero is pushed as an upgrade. So silly.

  36. Masariko
    September 25, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Useless on my laptop. I have no touchscreen, have a DVD drive and like Aero a lot. Security essentials are available for Windows 7 and Google Chrome does amazingly well protecting my laptop from malware and other nasty crap. This version is not meant for my laptop, it was clearly made for tablets and hybrids.

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 30, 2012 at 3:27 am

      Microsoft wants all new laptops to come with touchscreens, really. Seems a bit silly to me, but maybe I'm just getting old and stuck in my ways.

      • Michael Hart
        October 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm

        Resisting the adoption of touch screens on everything is a bit like resisting the mouse and preferring the keyboard. Sure, it costs a little more... but isn't it worth it?

        This will become even more clear when desktop applications actually start giving you real advantages for using touchscreens. Consider computing without a mouse; that's the potential touchscreens have.

        • Chris Hoffman
          October 27, 2012 at 10:31 pm

          I don't know. Software needs to be specifically designed for touch, and that tends to mean it won't work as well with keyboard+mouse. Reviewers have pointed out that Windows 8's new interface isn't as nice to use with a mouse, and the desktop obviously isn't nice to us with touch. (Even the new Microsoft Office is pretty difficult to use for touch, from what reviewers have said.)

        • carl k
          October 28, 2012 at 11:52 pm

          When I'm sitting back in my chair, I can still reach my mouse. :-)

  37. daniel dawson
    September 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Windows 8 is going no where like windows vista,windows 8 looks like a ipad operating system

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 30, 2012 at 3:26 am

      Yup, Microsoft is scared that the iPad is the future and they're trying to compete. PCs aren't selling as much, but tablets and smartphones are selling like hotcakes. That's where the growth is.

  38. Samarth Gupta
    September 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Lol. So many exciting features missing.. Still I'm loving Windows 8 Experience.

  39. HLJonnalagadda
    September 25, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Dual 24'' monitors and I should be using a UI that is made for tablets? No thanks.

  40. HLJonnalagadda
    September 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Like Aero. Dont like Metro, or the Windows 8 UI. Sticking with Win 7.

  41. Sudhan
    September 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Wow Gr8, the future is here!
    I've Always dreamt of Futuretastic(like in Sci-fi movies) E-ink like displays, with the metro-like UI, that doesn't soar our eyes and works longer!!!

  42. guy
    September 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Im getting pretty sick of makeuseofs clear advertising for windows 8 now. Your suppose to provide a service, not push products down our throats. Earn your money the hard way like every one else. dont take microsofts bribe money. ill be gone if this carries on

    • Mark O'Neill
      September 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      Guy, I am the Managing Editor of MakeUseOf. I just want to take a brief moment and address your grievance. I would like to assure you (and the rest of our readers) that we do NOT take money from companies like Microsoft to promote them over another company.

      While it's true that we publish the very occasional sponsored post (and every one of those is carefully vetted), I can assure you that every MUO writer's opinion is their own and they are not influenced in any way, either by cash or other incentives from the company in question.

      We are covering Windows 8 in depth because it is a major upgrade to the Windows OS and, as a tech blog, it would be extremely remiss of us not to cover it in depth. That's what we are doing, and I am sincerely sorry if you do not approve.

      If you choose to stop reading MUO, then indeed that is your decision. But we hope you will stay with us.

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 29, 2012 at 2:31 am

      Hi guy,

      I personally haven't taken any money from Microsoft. We've been covering Windows 8 a lot because it's a massive upgrade and huge change -- people need to know what's coming.

      Personally, I'm not a fan of Windows 8 and I don't plan on upgrading my existing PCs. I don't really have a pro-Windows 8 agenda. Actually, if anything, I have an anti-Windows 8 agenda and I've frequently shared critical things about it on my Google+ / Twitter pages.

      That said, there's a time for opinion (like here, where I wrote negative things about Windows 8: // ), and there's a time for plain facts. This article was a time for facts, not for me injecting my personal opinion one way or another.

  43. Felipe
    September 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Looks like they took the productivity windows 8 also. Seven UI is so good, that is a nonsense throw it away just to create an interface geared for tablets.

  44. Schnitzelspecht
    September 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Actually there's a problem with Blu-Rays and free media players like VLC. To be able to support *ALL* Blu-Rays with a media player product, the software publisher has to pay licence fees for Blu-Ray support. He then gets a certificate/key for his software to implement in the software and is only then able to decode Blu-Rays.
    There are libraries to support decoding of Blu-Rays with VLC for example, but these libraries work with leaked certificates/keys which are or will be blacklisted and therefore cannot be used to playback newer Blu-Rays.
    To watch Blu-Rays without constantly worrying about the certificate/key and if that new BD can be played back, you have to purchase a software that is licenced to playback Blu-Rays (or just rip them and watch them with good ol' VLC).

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 30, 2012 at 3:25 am

      Theoretically, if you buy a PC with Blu-Ray player hardware, it will include licensed Blu-Ray playback software.

  45. Dimal Chandrasiri
    September 25, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Windows Aero Gone! O.o I'm never gonna leave windows 7..

    • Jacob Twitchel
      September 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      I was just thinking the exact same when I was reading this article less than 5 minutes ago! lol

  46. AP
    September 25, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I liked the built in anti-virus , finally Windows is getting worth its money.

  47. Gordon Hay
    September 25, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I'm looking forward to Win8, and not just because I'm getting it under the £15 upgrade offer - perhaps it's because I've only been computing for 15 months, though I'm 60 yrs old, that I have an open mind on this.

    To be honest, I never used effects like flip 3D (beyond playing with it at the start), so don't really think of it as losing something. Why is there so much tribalism in the IT world?

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 30, 2012 at 3:25 am

      No one used Flip 3D, honestly. Just people doing tech demos ("Wow, look at what the new Windows can do! We should buy a new PC!")

      Concerns with Windows 8 are more around the desktop/metro split. There's a lot of great stuff going on underneath.

      • Wilybob
        November 13, 2012 at 11:53 pm

        People like to bash MS, when the company has given the general public what it wanted. A working operating system that could do nearly anything with relative ease. The distribution is huge, and if/when Linux and even FruitOSX catches to the same distribution levels, they'll fail in the same areas of making everyone happy, or unhappy. W8 is pretty excellent, but none of us "LIKE" severe visual change from what we train ourselves to like or tolerate. Get used to it, you may actually love it. Even Metro, which is VERY keyboard friendly and even dependent to do things like power searches, command prompts and the like.

  48. Tuhin
    September 25, 2012 at 8:29 am

    :( yeah, fuckin metro apps!!
    These days i hardly switch from dektop UI to Metro UI
    Will miss it !!

  49. druv vb
    September 25, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Windows 8 looks fun to use on tablets only. The added features don't really impress me for switching to Windows 8 when it launch. I will be sticking to Windows 7 for my work and gaming.
    Sorry Microsoft, it seems that you won't get my money for your new OS.

  50. Raymond Beets
    September 25, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Looking forward to Windows 8 a lot. Been using MS Defender for all my Windows 7 PC's at home so excellent news that it's now built-in along with SmartScreen. SmartMove from Microsoft. =) The flat look makes me feel like this is the logical evolution of Windows 3.1. Like this is what Windows (and other OS's for that matter) would have evolved to much earlier had shiny graphics not been a deciding factor in society and designers / developers could concentrate on functionality instead.

    The removal of software like media player makes sense as most standard users don't use any of it in any way. And also for power users, it's like Microsoft is saying "Here's the base, you do the rest the way you want". It's really open to set it up the way you want and use the software you want.

    All in all launch date can't come soon enough!

  51. Sid
    September 25, 2012 at 5:29 am

    It seems that W8 is optimised for and focuses more on tablets than PCs. Removing Aero and flip 3D doesn't exactly enhance visual experience. Inclusion of Metro UI is a nice move,but the minimalistic look of desktop and windows is disappointing. With PCs and laptops becoming more and more powerful and hardware capable every day, one would expect to have a better visual experience with an OS upgrade that utilises the users' hardware optimally. I wish windows 8 had a bit more 3D effects in it. What we have is an OS seemingly made to run on the hardware of tablets and ultrabooks, and under-utilising hardware of a PC.

    Removal of start button (that had been there since windows 95) and an almost completely new interface might seem sacrilegious to a MS windows lover. It would definitely take some time to get used to and know your way around the new interface.

    Above all, the feeling that W8 was made for tablet and then ported to a PC is disappointing.

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 30, 2012 at 3:23 am

      The initial test releases of Windows 8 were even worse with a mouse/keyboard. It's clear they dealt with touch first.

  52. LandRiders7th
    September 25, 2012 at 4:15 am

    I have a feeling that I'm going to to switch to another OS if it gets far worse

    • skopp
      September 30, 2012 at 12:55 am

      do some research on puppy linux (particularly slacko pup). It's between 70 and 200MB heavy, depending on distro. Average ~ 100MB. You can run a decent instance off a 1GB flashdisk.

      Also, you'll be surprised at how robust it is

      • Aditya Roy
        September 30, 2012 at 7:11 am

        I do not see any reasons to switch, after all we did survive vista.
        Stick to 7 like we did to XP.

  53. UncleTed504
    September 25, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Personally I do not care for Windows 8. I really do not like the UI. They had a great thing going with the UI of 7, they should have stuck with a similar design just updated. That is just my two cents, so at any point you can tell me to be quite, lol.

    • Deekshith Allamaneni
      September 26, 2012 at 2:18 am

      I've left Windows altogether and migrated to Ubuntu. I feel its better.

      • Karl
        September 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

        I've tried several times to migrate to Linux, usually Mint, but I rely too much on PC gaming to manage it. Whoever said breaking the habit was easy never used Windows for 15 years...

        • skopp
          September 30, 2012 at 12:51 am

          You're right. I've been a Windows user since forever. No other platform comes close in terms of gaming. Games on linux? WAHAHAHAHA. I won't lie, I love windows 7. maybe because I know it so well (the windows OS workings in general). MSDOS was my first "terminal" (wayyy back, maybe 18 years back). So much so that I've hacked my cmd prompt to have curl, python, node.js, ruby, bash, ftp, git, hg and other functionalities built in - except for su and make (working on it though)

          That said, I love linux too. I used to be an ubuntu fanboy, but gave up on it since unity. Linux mint... I find that I break it too easily. Checking out pure debian live usb at the moment. And slackware. But I use puppy linux because it's straight to the point (slacko flavour, not the ubuntu-variation). For ...uh, heavy-duty work I use backtrack.

        • Chris Hoffman
          September 30, 2012 at 3:22 am

          I hear ya. PC gaming is keeping me on Windows for my day-to-day computing.

        • Richard
          December 17, 2012 at 12:22 pm

          I had been using windows since 3.0 and my first MS based computer did not come with Windows. When the EeePC came out I bought one (Jan 2008) and soon learned to make it usful I had to dump the OS far a real one, I found Linux Mint and then replaced it with Puppeee. In June 2009 when my Win XP machine woiuld not boot, without hesatation I scrubed it and installed Mint on that too. I have never regretted the move, and now have (1 desk + 2 lap)top computers running Linux, the Eee which I can SSH into is now a file and dlna server.

          PS: Since I have never been into multi user gameing. I have not seen the problem with Linux, or to quote my boss 3 months after handing him a usb drive with puppy to use until he can get his windows back up, "Is Microsoft really that bad, I have not seen any of the problems with puppy that I saw on windows?".
          Puppy was working so well for him he never bothered to get the windows working.

  54. Jack
    September 25, 2012 at 3:50 am

    MS have looked at the future, tablets, which is good. But have forgot about the present, which is the home desktop world. We haven't moved on from the desktop yet, and nor has big business. I see see tears before bedtime if I'm honest

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 30, 2012 at 3:21 am

      Totally agreed. Give me a Metro-less version for my non-touchscreen PCs, please.

      • casper
        October 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm

        you can easily get rid of it and get back the pop up thingy that comes up when pressing the windows button with approximately 10 minutes or less of work

        • Chris Hoffman
          November 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm

          You can, but Metro still keeps popping up. You see it for a few seconds when you log in. You see if if you click the Wi-Fi icon in the system tray, etc.

          In the end, I just couldn't stand it. I also don't want to reward Microsoft for what they're doing here.

  55. Muhammad Idrees
    September 25, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Will they are going in the right direction

  56. rainlover
    September 25, 2012 at 2:12 am

    I don't know whether W8 is made for regular PCs with "mouse" or (specially) for touchscreens. I think MS focused on tablets more and PCs less.

    • Deekshith Allamaneni
      September 26, 2012 at 2:16 am

      Yes you are right, although we can in theory use it on desktops, it is primarily focussed for tablets.

      • Chris Hoffman
        September 30, 2012 at 3:21 am

        It's definitely touch-first, which bothers me.

        • Wilybob
          November 13, 2012 at 11:48 pm

          I'd almost agree with "Touch first" BUT...many of the retro Windows commands and access points, rely on being able to TYPE from the "Metro" interface, which doesn't happen on a tablet unless it is connected to a keyboard. I know, it's on my W500 tablet and my gaming PC. To me, to be honest, it is more comfortable on a PC than a tablet, but works astonishingly well on a tablet also.

  57. Joel Lee
    September 25, 2012 at 1:19 am

    I really like the flattened look of the new interface. The other stuff, though, was to be expected since heightened security is always to be expected. Smart move to give up DVDs, too, since most media players handle it anyway.

    • skopp
      September 30, 2012 at 12:42 am

      True... I never use my DVD player. But I bet I'll miss it once it's gone.
      Anyway, that was not what I wanted to say actually. What was, though, is that from the Proprietary OS perspective, this new Windows flavour seems like it is almost useless without internet access.

      Put your tinhat on.

      By extension, they can make it almost useless if you don't do it THEIR way (MS). If they say YOU MAY NOT USE VLC (or any arbitrary 3rd party app/plugin/framework). pfft... no VLC/winamp/chrome/firefox. If MS says NO RAILS... sorry, no Ruby on Rails for you; use .net or f%% off.

      It's not only MS... all the big boys appear to be using this tactic. Cloud as a necessity, not just a handy service. More specifically the big 3 - Google, Apple, Microsoft. The last one should have been Yahoo so we could derive the acronym GAY from there. (it's easier to remember)

      • Chris Hoffman
        September 30, 2012 at 3:21 am

        Well, you can't use VLC/winamp/chrome/firefox on Windows RT. So make sure you get the x86 version, not the ARM one.

  58. deep
    September 24, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Well, they are going in the right direction. Hopefully they will fix the problems, then windows 8 will truly shine. (or not, since they removed Aero)

    • Deekshith Allamaneni
      September 26, 2012 at 2:15 am

      They are right in some aspects and wrong in many.