Neoseeker : News : Microsoft spending over $1.5 billion on Windows 8 launch
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Robert Oct 12, 12
As long as in their advertising they specify the difference between RT and Pro... otherwise in 6 months we'll have the same situation where people returned Linux computers and netbooks because they couldn't run Windows apps.
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THM Oct 12, 12
Economic conditions are much different today than when they launch Windows 95, I expect Windows 8 will have some bugs..I'd rather wait another two years or so...
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The Slayer Oct 12, 12
quote Robert
As long as in their advertising they specify the difference between RT and Pro... otherwise in 6 months we'll have the same situation where people returned Linux computers and netbooks because they couldn't run Windows apps.
This is from the Windows RT Wiki page:

Microsoft will sell the operating system only to device manufacturers directly, and not as a stand-alone product to consumers.

It is also made to just run on tablet like computers too.

But, wow, 1.5 billion in advertising. From what little I've heard about windows 8, I'm not even sure I want it.
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harbin Oct 12, 12
'Spending' should actually read 'wasting'. I honestly don't think Windows 8 will be a runaway success that 7 was. They should've just developed Windows 7 further, Metro could've been done as a service pack and an optional feature, or as a version of Windows 7 marketed towards tablets. W8 gives me the impression that Microsoft is abandoning the traditional desktop and that would be a major mistake.

The should've pushed out Windows 7 more and give reasons to upgrade for those stuck on XP, because they aren't gonna go to W8, and those already running W7 have no real need to.
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Rabla Oct 12, 12
Right now, there is absolutely no reason to move from 7 to 8 unless for some reason you love limiting the stuff you can do, as far as I see.

Hell, you can get that flashy Metro theme on a Win7 computer using Rainmeter
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Redemption Oct 12, 12
Aside from Metro I think MS did quite a bit of speed optimisations to Windows 8. I've been watching startup and shutdown videos the last few months and they really have done a lot of improvements (Windows 7 was already light years ahead of Vista/XP, but Windows 8 seems yet another huge step forwards).

Didn't MS also add a few interesting desktop features to W8? I recall being excited about the fact they finally support multi monitor startbars natively in the OS.

I haven't followed the OS closely, but I feel like if Metro were completely optional and the Start button was still around, Windows 8 would actually be quite well received. Still, I'm interested to see whether their full on touch support will open up a new class of tablet computer like they hope it will.
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harbin Oct 13, 12
Even then, that optimisation will be unlikely to pull me towards the new OS. There is a program that will put the start menu feature back but that ain't enough. With it not being part of the Windows shell, on startup it just becomes a bit more of a hinderance in that. Optional Metro would've been the best way to go for it.

Would've like it to have more install options at the start such as default places to store user profiles, etc... I know some stuff has to be on the C:\ drive, but I'm limited in space on my SSD.
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Pedigree Oct 13, 12
I'm on the fence about Windows 8. It looks nice and it really does run fast. (Well, that's based on my own experience when I downloaded the Consumer's Preview version). But I agree, the Metro does get a bit annoying. I do hope that the annoying bits (the delayed feeds from my facebook account) is just because it isn't the final version.
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BlackLabel Oct 13, 12
I'll get Windows running Metro when Windows 7 support is gone so that'll be 8-10 years from now. I am happy with Windows 7 and personally I'd only be happy with Metro on a phone, tablet or my Xbox, in other words places where Metro makes sense.
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hiigaran Oct 13, 12
quote BlackLabel
I'll get Windows running Metro when Windows 7 support is gone so that'll be 8-10 years from now. I am happy with Windows 7 and personally I'd only be happy with Metro on a phone, tablet or my Xbox, in other words places where Metro makes sense.
by then, another two OSes would have been released.

still not going to make the switch myself. windows 7 is a damn good OS. even then, i only switched because XP was starting to die out with support from games.
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legendary one Oct 13, 12
Windows 8 = Fail
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Grimdark Oct 13, 12
What is the mombile market?
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Pedigree Oct 13, 12
quote Grimdark
What is the mombile market?
The mobile market targetted for moms!
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lKasHl Oct 14, 12
quote harbin91
'Spending' should actually read 'wasting'. I honestly don't think Windows 8 will be a runaway success that 7 was.
I agree with you about Windows 7 being far more successful than Windows 8 will be but only on a desktop and possibly laptop environment. For Microsoft this is more a war on Android and iOS with Windows finally offering what Microsoft consider to be suitable competition on tablet and touch devices, mobile phones and budget hardware.

So far their mobile penetration with Phone 7 is more or less 2% so expenditure on marketing of this magnitude is somewhat justified (still risky) to try to raise awareness of their refurbished product lines amongst consumers and enterprises.
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