I use W8 on an Iconia Tablet and 2 desktop PC. It boot faster than W8. In the PCs I use it mostly in desktop mode although the new Metro interface is OK for me, I find it better then W7. For the tablet is perfect. All old applications that I had on W7 have been moved to W8 flawlessly (some of them written in Visual Basic 6.0) this has been a very good news for me (I didn`t expect it).
Yes I'm using Windows 7 and Windows 8 now on different machines. The new, fast machine uses Windows 8, the older one Windows 7.
After every installation, the Windows 8 Machine need minutes to reboot. Five minutes is no exception. On the Windows 7 Machine it restarts with the same software within 30 seconds.
Windows 8 is buggy. The PC-Options weren't accessable for all users I set up after the first during the installation. I had to move the PC-Options to a subfolder and back again to the mainfolder of programms. After that, the rights were setup correctly and the users were able to access.
Windows 8 killed a partition while rebooting after a system update. I needed to use a special software to get the data back.
Many programms are buggy on Windows 8 - and slow.
Indesign on my Windows 7 Netbook with 4 GB and AMD Processor Dual Core with 1,4 GHZ is starting faster, than on my brandnew Windows 8 i7 quadcore 3,3 GHZ with 8 GB. So I opened the really good new Taskmanager. What is the machine doing? Quite nothing. The processor is running small, there is enought free ram, the drive is just about 10% of performance. But it takes longer to start.
I really need the first Service Pack, because it's the same as it was with Vista. Windows 8 is not funny to use, yet.
tbh I've not really noticed Win8...I'm in the desktop 99% of the time, so I get better progress dialogs and better task manager, oh and easier to use explorer.
I use the 'metro' to launch a few apps (and play the free games)
Most of the other metro apps I don't use, but there certainly are some massive usability issues for traditional mouse users. And not seen a metro app that could even come close in features to its desktop counterpart.
Windows 8 is designed primarily for touch interface. Due to the high cost and lack of availability of monitors with touch capability it is not an attractive proposition. WIMP does not work well with Windows 8.
Conclusion, it may be ok for tablets and phones but it doesn't fit the desktop or server paradigms.
I will stick with Windows 7 for now and I am actively investigating alternatives such as Linux.
Plan A was to buy a clovertrail tablet/dock pair to replace my existing netbook and get my feet wet; but between limited availability and reports of clovertrail having buggy drivers I've held off so far. I'm currently debating what to do; I don't want to start with an upgrade to my main system, and spending $1k for an ultrabook or light/moderate gaming laptop with Haswell only half a year out doesn't sound like a good idea either.
Dual-booting my existing netbook's an option; but without a more extensive dismantle+rebuild session than I feel comfortable with it won't let me fiddle with the touchscreen options; and I'm not sure if the touchpad has enough multitouch to fully sample the W8 offerings there either.
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I've been using windows for some time now and I think it gets better the more I use it.
I know it very popular to bash the metro UI and the non-existing startbutton. But the metro UI works fine if you use the keyboard more and the mouse less... I agree it's a bit schizophrenic with metro/old windows UI - but I'll live.
As for the missing startbutton, best thing that ever happend!
Not necessarily - I hung on to XP until Win7 SP1, and avoided the abortion that was Vista.
For my (admittedly brief) exposure to Win8 I think it will be the same thing here - skip it and go to Win9.
Win8 seems to be great for tablets. But I don't develop on a tablet. I paid good money for a nice large monitor, and I don't want it filled with big ugly boxes rather than small tidy icons I can see...
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It is not my decision. I get to install what my employer decides is best for me when I get a new replacement computer (no complaint). I got a new desktop last year with Windows 7, and a notebook two and a half years ago with XP. So unless something breaks this year, I won't see any Windows 8.
Been coding on win 8 pro for a while now.
Using all major windows op systems on a daily basis, including servers..
Really like win 8. Faster than 7. Interface requires some config. (Metro sucks.)
Would not want to go to 7 now...