We have an entertainment company with DJ's and thought we would give 15 Asus S200E notebooks with very nice all aluminum case, 4gb ram, 500gb HDD, i3 Intel and even external optical drive (which 8 wouldn't let them install) with Windows 8 to our DJ's to use in our business for real life experiences. Not 1 DJ wanted to keep it.
We got them all returned back to us within the first month for the following reasons.
1. We use Rhapsody Premier (to go) so our DJ's can access and play off-line our library of 36,332 songs. Guess what? Windows 8 killed that idea and will only stream online due to no media player or drivers to support Rhapsody (to go) Premier. This is the worst move ever and Rhapsody has no plans to convert to 8 because Microsoft killed the compatibility by opting to promote Xbox music instead. We are not gamers and are not about to buy 36,332 songs from their store.
2. Users were unable to complete productivity tasks and took almost 2x longer than normal after completing jobs that required multitasking, file management and production of shows. This is after we provided Windows 8 training that we paid 300 a head for during a 2 day workshop. I just can't believe what Microsoft has done to the business we make our living from. Without any warning of consequence, Microsoft has released an OS (Windows 8) that stops your business it it's tracks. This means, no song data compilations, no portable listening offline with Rhapsody and list list just goes on and on. Requiring you to log in at Microsoft every-time you want to use your machines full resources.
3. We have used Windows products for 24 years in our business and Windows 8 for PC Productivity & Multitasking falls below the ratings of Vista. Why would Microsoft design and OS that classified all businesses users to suddenly want to become unproductive at work and be destined to use a tablet or phone that is really only suited for reading online email, Facebook, visit the game app store, be inundated with news headlines, the weather outside, getting hammered by a bunch of useless tiles, be restricted from the start features and most of all, Why Break What was working great for business???
Microsoft should have released a mobile version of 8 and a PC version of 8. This is just insane and we gave it a fair shot but the holes and lack of support in Windows 8 for the PC Business User for our business is nowhere to be found and unsupported in many instances on many platforms. We are returning 5,300.00 dollars worth of this terrible OS. The Windows 8 design that almost killed our business. Thank goodness it is the slow season and we still have our Windows 7 Professional PC USER FRIENDLY DEVICES FOR BUSINESS.
If you are in business please heed this warning. Study up before you switch and read everyone's reviews and opinions. If you just like to Facebook, game, chat, email and living a life that LACKS the need to experience productivity and multitasking in business then 8 is for you. If you are productive and need efficiency, STAY WITH 7.
Why has Microsoft not addressed these issues and why have they BLOCKED the ability to downgrade our devices to Windows 7 so we could use the devices in our music business? We will not become web surfers, chatters and victims of greed. Why would you ask us to purchase 36,332 songs to use Windows 8 Xbox as a portable offline playback device for our DJ's? Has Microsoft engineers and management lost their minds?