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Jonesin' for Win 8

Redmond columnist Don Jones has been spending some time with Windows 8, and the technically astute scribe believes you just won't want to try it -- you'll be excited to migrate.

Don has four key reasons Win 8 will jump off the shelves: First, it is an easy upgrade, as Jones expects broad compatibility with Win 7.  Second, Win 8 is relatively lean and mean. In fact it "will use just over half of the RAM Win7 uses to start up, which is a fundamental performance gain. That means users will be able to use more of their computers' memory for their applications," Don argues.

For IT, rebuilding problematic machines is way easier that it is today thanks to what Microsoft calls "reset and refresh."

Maybe, more important of all, many of us are bored with our machines and with the economy such a bummer a "shiny, new OS" may be just what the doctor ordered.

Posted by Doug Barney on 01/09/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Reader Comments:

Tue, Jan 10, 2012 Scott

I have to absolutely disagree about people jumping to Windows 8. 1. People are sick at having to learn a new interface. They don't like change. Period 2. More RAM available. Seriously? With almost all systems coming with 4 GB now, memory is no longer an issue. 3. People don't want a shiny new OS to relearn. I have learned that through the years when we are forced to give themone. 4. I don't think many people will use the reset and refresh. Most times they need to do a clean install is because of malware or some other nasty infiltrating their PC. Do you think they will trust "reset and refresh" over a clean re-install? Not likely. Overall, I think Microsoft is losing its customer focus in trying to understand what people really want. Why is the IPad so successful? It does what it is supposed to do and dows it fairly well and has a short learning curve. Microsoft needs to learn the same lesson.

Mon, Jan 9, 2012 Walter

I have been using the developers release since it came out, and I have to say this is NOT a version I will be upgrading to. Windows 8 may be faster, leaner and have an app store, but it's UGLY as sin. The interface is primative, clunky and did I say ugly? It's awkward to navigate (unless your using a touch tablet I suppose) and finding basic windows functions is more then a little daunting. I do not want or neeed facebook, twitter, news, weather or any of that other junk cluttering up my view. If I want to see any of that, I will either launch the app or go to the webpage itself. The "metro" interface is proving to be a loser on the XBox platform, and I beleive it will fail on the desktop as well. And did I say it was ugly?

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