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Just from my experience with MS products I'd stand well back until the other shoe drops.
Even as far back as DOS, 6.0 was a disaster that destroyed many a user's HDD data before it was fixed with 6.1;
Particularly if they're letting Win 7 users upgrade for free, I can not help but think that it's bait on some hook. Maybe just because Win8 is a flop and they need to pull the Win users back onto the same level as best they can, but I don't trust in corporate altruism (an oxymoron if ever there was one).
And what about intrusiveness - I keep trying to control updates to Win7 PC's so they don't happen at bad times - and it keeps getting set back to them doing it to me, anyway. Maybe some Lenovo inspired spyware as part of the O/S?
I'd take a step back until they clear the bodies.
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." - Albert Einstein
"As far as we know, our computer has never had an undetected error." - Weisert
"If you are searching for perfection in others, then you seek disappointment. If you are seek perfection in yourself, then you will find failure." - Balboos HaGadol Mar 2010
I remember those days very well. I got Win2000 for free (back when they had the Insider program and served lunches), and it fixed everything on my PC that I never got to work properly under Win95. That lulled me into a false sense of security and trust. Then the updates started coming in, and every third one destroyed the computer and forced me to rebuild from scratch. That continued up through 98SE, then got a little better with XP, and I've had very few issues with Win 7. It seems they're getting a bit better at this stuff, finally.
I'm thinking I'll wait until the Win 10 release is about 6 months old, clone my current hard drive to something removable, then try the experiment. If my PC survives, then we'll consider it for work.
I upgrade all of my dev systems, dev servers and sqa servers every December. Windows, office, visual studio, SQL management, SQL server, TFS, etc. Takes about 4 hours to go through all 10 systems.
Then I upgrade staging/production every februrary, after a 2 month burn in.
I have not had an upgrade problem since SQL 2000 - SQL 2005. So for 10 years, I've been upgrading 2 months after MS releases all their stuff, not one problem that was worth committing to my brain's storage.
In my experience, people hesitate over fear of the unknown, or hate towards Microsoft, or lack of funds to be on SA/msdn/bizspark.
But for productivity, I'd upgrade and always stay current. Try getting a job in quick basic on novell netware! Shoot, try getting a job in .net 2.0 and VS 2005. Interviewers will laugh you out of the building if you don't stay current.
I haven't looked at it yet, but... I'll probably upgrade.
MS have a habit of "Good one" followed by "Cr@p one" followed by "Good one" again, and TBH I don't think they can afford to mess up too badly after the débâcle of Win8. It was meant to be a "uniting OS" pushing market share into the mobile market, leveraging their share from the desktop market. That failed, badly - and expensively - and probably improved the competitions position in all markets.
They aren't dumb; they know the damage it will do if their "core users" don't go along with them this time.
I think it'll be a good one. (Damn well hope so!)
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Everything since XP has been basically the same kernel, a few added userland features, and a different window manager (user interface).
I've been on Windows 10 for about 3 months. I'm still finding and reporting bugs, but nothing major, and only UI stuff. There was nothing wrong with Windows 8, except they made bad decisions about the UI. A replacement shell like Classic Shell makes it fine.
However, a clean install of Windows 8 is about 20 gigabytes.
I can't think of a good reason to migrate a server from 2008 to 2012 until security patches are discontinued.
I think after android most general people are now aware of open source and people will soon shift their all personal computer uses to linux distributions thats why windows 10 will not be successful much.
Another reason windows 10 will be free upgrade even for pirated users the value of windows will now decrease.
A nightmare for everybody is that after announcing windows 10 free, microsoft may not integrate adwares to its operating system
I've been testing Win 10 since its first preview release and find it to be an excellent OS.
That said, it is different than Win 7 from a user's point of view.
So I suggest you base your decision on your 12 users. How adaptable are they? Perhaps it's better to consider how change-resistant are they?
I've been programming since before there were PCs and the most difficult part of any job has not been the implementation of the change, but rather the change itself. People are very resistant to change in their work environments and that in itself can be enough to scuttle some projects.
Maybe the hardest reason not to upgrade as soon as it is available is that it is not in your DNA or in your companies DNA. So expect a few generations of employees to mutate and acquire the skills to be early ad safe adopters.
After asking a question on how to upgrade to 8.1 a lot of respectable ians have told me that it was a bad idea doing that (going from 7 to 8.1) and of course, I've wondered what is so terrible about it as it Works for me...
So here's another question: why 7 is much better tan 8.1 or if you prefer... why 8.1 is as terrible compared to 7?
Please don't start flame wars or similar... everyone has its opinion and it must be respected.
windows 8 pro's:
- Internet explorer 11 knows that it has to change it's spell check when you change the input language.
- You can pause large file operations.
- It starts really fast.
- When you start several copy operations all of them are stacked onto one single dialog.
- Once you know that windows+c shortcut getting into the control panel is a breeze.
- In a multi display environment you have the task bar in all the displays and then you can reach all your open programs from any display and show the start menu in the display you are looking at...