Who needs Windows or OS X for games when you have game consoles? iPhone, iPad, PS4 and Xbox One will satisfy your gaming needs and entertainment.
The only downside that I have with OS X is that Microsoft never made a native OneNote app. Once they make a native OneNote app (maybe 2014), I will gladly erase Windows from my PC and replace it with OS X. I currently have a dualboot system.
It is entirely possible win7 and even earlier also have backdoors for the NSA. At least they don't contain the other stuff as well.
Some people think they can avoid some of it, perhaps they can, for the moment. It is only a matter of time before the masses get hooked in, and the few dissenters will have very little left to use.
What a crock! How does "the plethora of touch-oriented features" get in the way of using mouse and/or keyboard in 8/8.1?! Especially in 8.1 with options to boot to Desktop and use All Apps instead of Start Screen. Personally, I never skipped a beat.And still, this doesn’t stop users and analysts alike from criticizing Redmond for its strategy of putting touch ahead of the traditional way of working on a computer and involving a mouse and a keyboard.
In fact, this has been one of the most criticized aspects of the new Windows 8 platform, with Microsoft blasted with every single occasion by users who felt like being left of the company’s operating system lineup due to the plethora of touch-oriented features.
The problem is, it's different. And people are resistant to change in these areas.
For the other posters....
Again, it is not inaccurate to state that most people who harp on these changes haven't given much thought into how to use it.
It's not what I am used to, therefore it sucks. Much like going from Office2003 to 2007 or 2010, the Ribbon bar does in fact make the software a lot more useful and friendly. As it does in Explorer.
As for the differences between 7 and 8, there are a lot of improvements.
Many are unseen, Speed and stability are not at all minor changes.
Many of the things that one person said they wanted, will be hard pressed to get them incorporated.
Tabbed Explorer, Virtual Desktops, etc.
MS could barely include a web browser without getting sued, much less Anti-Virus. Please, stop with the fud.
As for the NSA, I really hate to say this, cause I hate the saying "I have nothing to hide, so I don't care" it's a completely moronic statement. But, people's entire lives are posted on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN and other places that the NSA doesn't need access to your PC to find out all about people, they Willingly and Freely give it up daily, by the minute. Literally, by the minute, daily.