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Will you be upgrading to Windows 8?

Survey period: 7 Jan 2013 to 14 Jan 2013

We ran this survey back in October and thought it would be interesting to see how opinions have changed.

I already use Windows 8 as my primary OS35720.08
I have Windows 8 on one of my machines25014.06
I plan on upgrading to Windows 8 as my primary OS1166.52
I plan on installing Windows 8 on a machine18210.24
I'm not sure19010.69
I don't think so20311.42
No - I have no plans to use Windows 848027.00

GeneralI like Windows8 because of its features Pin
vivek51129-Jan-13 18:46
membervivek51129-Jan-13 18:46 
GeneralCompared to October Pin
Erik Rude14-Jan-13 21:37
memberErik Rude14-Jan-13 21:37 
GeneralNo plans to use W8 Pin
David Burgess14-Jan-13 10:36
memberDavid Burgess14-Jan-13 10:36 
GeneralRe: No plans to use W8 Pin
ZinusMero1-Apr-13 20:19
memberZinusMero1-Apr-13 20:19 
GeneralTurned away from Win a while ago - never looked back Pin
Member 384336414-Jan-13 8:44
memberMember 384336414-Jan-13 8:44 
GeneralI will try to install windows 8 !! Pin
Ahmed Ibrahim Assaf13-Jan-13 1:41
memberAhmed Ibrahim Assaf13-Jan-13 1:41 
GeneralVirtual Machine Pin
Brisingr Aerowing12-Jan-13 10:26
memberBrisingr Aerowing12-Jan-13 10:26 
GeneralWindows 8 Pin
rajanniit11-Jan-13 18:16
memberrajanniit11-Jan-13 18:16 
GeneralI can't get myself to hate it Pin
peterchen11-Jan-13 0:25
memberpeterchen11-Jan-13 0:25 
I think the bad rap for Clippy the annoying Office assistant mainly came from a catstrophic implementation choice in the first versions: it was a pimped up modal dialog. So while Clippy looked like window dressing, you were forced to interact with it.

The worst thing about the Metro facade is repetition of that original Clippy mistake: forcing me to interact with it, instead of being an option.
There are also some implementation deficiencies: e.g. getting rid of a Metro app requires keyboard, or a long drag, and drops you back to the start screen, which requires a different method (so 2x Alt+F4 won't do the trick). I often miss a "back" button.

(The AppStore is terrible. Just terrible terrible terrible. It could be good, but it looks terrible, navigates terrible and works not much better. I'd also prefer more editorial content, because I am actually not stoked by the ability to pick from fove dozen tools to open .gizmo, all of which screaming their superiority at me while being mum about their shady business models.)

However, as a UX concept, I quite like The Style Formerly Known As Metro. A well designed Metro interface is smooth, inviting, clutter-free, and lets the actual content stand out.

Visually, it is certainly an improvement over the window glassgloss and colorful-blob-of-something icons growing more and more dysfunctional. (e.g. we had to replace button-style radio buttons with actual radio Buttons, because the pressed state is almost impossible to distinguish on most color schemes. Same goes for list selection without focus - on cheapo LCD's, hard to tell; had to add a rectangle around the item to stop the complaints.)

The Windows 8 desktop has some minor welcome improvements, otherwise it's a vanilla Windows 7 - i.e. good. The start screen works identical to the old start menu für keyboard jockeys, so I didn't mind at first. Right now I'm trying some replacements, e.g. Pokki[^] is a great example how good a metro-based interface can be if done right.

GeneralI have Windows 8 on one of my machines - with a twist Pin
bitterskittles10-Jan-13 22:16
memberbitterskittles10-Jan-13 22:16 
GeneralMicrosoft is in a fast track way to destroy it's OS and it's developer base Pin
Grasshopper.iics10-Jan-13 5:38
groupGrasshopper.iics10-Jan-13 5:38 
GeneralWhat Pin
sachin garala10-Jan-13 2:34
membersachin garala10-Jan-13 2:34 
GeneralFast boot - who cares? Pin
Forogar9-Jan-13 4:56
memberForogar9-Jan-13 4:56 
GeneralRe: Fast boot - who cares? Pin
peterchen9-Jan-13 21:59
memberpeterchen9-Jan-13 21:59 
GeneralOS X here Pin
Simon Hart9-Jan-13 2:39
memberSimon Hart9-Jan-13 2:39 
GeneralRe: OS X here Pin
thrakazog11-Jan-13 5:33
memberthrakazog11-Jan-13 5:33 
GeneralNow Windows 8 my Primary OS I Really love it Pin
Unque9-Jan-13 0:12
memberUnque9-Jan-13 0:12 
GeneralGoodbye Windows Pin
Power Puff Boy8-Jan-13 21:10
memberPower Puff Boy8-Jan-13 21:10 
GeneralRe: Goodbye Windows Pin
peterchen9-Jan-13 22:00
memberpeterchen9-Jan-13 22:00 
GeneralRe: Goodbye Windows Pin
Power Puff Boy10-Jan-13 22:23
memberPower Puff Boy10-Jan-13 22:23 
GeneralNot until Win7 stops working for me Pin
Kashif_Imran8-Jan-13 20:15
memberKashif_Imran8-Jan-13 20:15 
GeneralRe: Not until Win7 stops working for me Pin
Forogar9-Jan-13 4:29
memberForogar9-Jan-13 4:29 
GeneralWindows 8 Pin
juaduedi8-Jan-13 9:25
memberjuaduedi8-Jan-13 9:25 
GeneralWindows 8 sucks Pin
ihoecken8-Jan-13 7:13
memberihoecken8-Jan-13 7:13 
GeneralNo issues with it. Pin
cjb1107-Jan-13 21:57
membercjb1107-Jan-13 21:57 
GeneralWindows 8 Pin
Herbie Mountjoy7-Jan-13 13:00
memberHerbie Mountjoy7-Jan-13 13:00 
GeneralUpgrading to Windows 8 Pin
Rosenne7-Jan-13 9:25
memberRosenne7-Jan-13 9:25 
GeneralI may be forced to do it Pin
Aniruddha Loya7-Jan-13 8:08
memberAniruddha Loya7-Jan-13 8:08 
Generalplanning to change but waiting for more feedback Pin
Giuseppe Tollini7-Jan-13 6:41
memberGiuseppe Tollini7-Jan-13 6:41 
GeneralBuying + (probably) upgrading Pin
Dan Neely7-Jan-13 3:53
memberDan Neely7-Jan-13 3:53 
GeneralWindows 8 is great Pin
Kresten7-Jan-13 2:53
memberKresten7-Jan-13 2:53 
GeneralRe: Windows 8 is great Pin
Brian Schummer7-Jan-13 10:00
memberBrian Schummer7-Jan-13 10:00 
GeneralRe: Windows 8 is great Pin
Kresten7-Jan-13 11:58
memberKresten7-Jan-13 11:58 
GeneralRe: Windows 8 is great Pin
S.M. Zamshed Farhan12-Jan-13 2:12
memberS.M. Zamshed Farhan12-Jan-13 2:12 
GeneralWin 7 still good for me. Pin
Phat (Phillip) H. VU7-Jan-13 2:52
memberPhat (Phillip) H. VU7-Jan-13 2:52 
GeneralOne Eight is Enough Pin
dexterama7-Jan-13 2:17
memberdexterama7-Jan-13 2:17 
GeneralRe: One Eight is Enough Pin
Yves7-Jan-13 13:50
memberYves7-Jan-13 13:50 
GeneralSeven Is Annoying Enough Pin
W Balboos7-Jan-13 1:34
memberW Balboos7-Jan-13 1:34 
GeneralRe: Seven Is Annoying Enough Pin
OriginalGriff7-Jan-13 8:34
mvpOriginalGriff7-Jan-13 8:34 
GeneralSeven Only Pin
Dalek Dave7-Jan-13 1:02
memberDalek Dave7-Jan-13 1:02 
GeneralWill think about upgrading once we get to SP1 Pin
gogbatch7-Jan-13 0:35
membergogbatch7-Jan-13 0:35 
GeneralNot really my choice Pin
Rex Turnbull7-Jan-13 0:28
memberRex Turnbull7-Jan-13 0:28 
GeneralUpgrade Pin
Harry Neethling7-Jan-13 0:14
memberHarry Neethling7-Jan-13 0:14 
Answerwin 8 is fast Pin
ii_noname_ii6-Jan-13 23:58
memberii_noname_ii6-Jan-13 23:58 
GeneralWhatever... Pin
AlexCode6-Jan-13 21:28
memberAlexCode6-Jan-13 21:28 
GeneralOS X Pin
R. Erasmus6-Jan-13 20:30
memberR. Erasmus6-Jan-13 20:30 
GeneralNo, because I like windows Pin
kornakar6-Jan-13 20:20
memberkornakar6-Jan-13 20:20 
GeneralRe: No, because I like windows Pin
Maniezzo7-Jan-13 0:12
memberManiezzo7-Jan-13 0:12 
GeneralRe: No, because I like windows Pin
John M. Drescher7-Jan-13 2:20
memberJohn M. Drescher7-Jan-13 2:20 
GeneralRe: No, because I like windows Pin
Rob Grainger7-Jan-13 0:55
memberRob Grainger7-Jan-13 0:55 

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