M$ used to catch a lot of flak from beta testers about the free software, especially when they started limiting the free keys to the ACTIVE techincal beta testers (those who submitted bugs and/or participated in the newsgroups). I was always a little amused when near the end of the beta the questions started flying about whether we would get free license keys: sometimes it seemed the only reason some people paticipated was for the free stuff.
With XP we got five XP Pro keys: four keys plus a free boxed copy. I don't recall what the deal was with Vista (maybe one free activation key for Ultimate) and I think with Win7 the deal was one free Ultimate download and key *or* a free boxed copy (not both). Of course the next question from some who chose the boxed copy was "when will I get it?"
The dominant question throughout many of the technical beta programs was "when can we get another build?" (Microsoft sometimes released "interim builds" between major milestones). Sometimes no sooner would one be out than people qould find it buggy and ask when we'd get a newer one. Or, someone would leak some internal build and people would want to know when (or if) they could get that one. I imagine that over time those sort of issues led Microsoft to stop doing technical betas. I do know they did all they could to keep people from leaking beta software, including embedding the user's beta ID into the downloads.
Even though there has not been (to my knowledge, anyway) a "technical beta" for Windows 8, and I'm not crazy about the end product, I've enjoyed testing it.
Windows 8 is superb IMHO.
Half the people who have tried it seem to be 'fixated' on the 'Win 8 Metro UI'. One click takes you to the desktop. Or install Classic Menu. Start menu is back and boots to desktop. So you 'see' the 'Metro UI' for a second or so... And???
Transparency is missing? SO WHAT!!!!
Everything is quicker and it is STABLE. The file system is especially impressive. Really, really quick. I have had Win 8 RTM on my computer for a week or so. Have not turned the computer off either.
It hasn't missed a beat and has not crashed or glitched at all.
Reading the so called 'IT Pros' preview reviews of Win 8, just makes me mad. These 'experts' are what is wrong with the IT industry in general. Knee jerk reactions and negative comments abound!!! Most of this is based on the RP version.
Some people will love it and some will hate it. Windows 7 is off my computer forever. Yes it was good and pretty, but still plagued with the same issues as Vista. Namely the horribly slow filing system...
I think MS needs to praised for not just 'rehashing' the same old crap. At least they are trying to do something about performance.
Maybe the 'children's UI' bolt on is a mistake, but get to the desktop. That's where the improvements shine!!!!!
geddeeee, only ONE problem with your statement. YOU have to take it off your computer! How else will you put on the retail version?
I understand and I agree, for this and other reasons... But personally, at least, I don't see alternative. Unless I stay on Win7 forever.
Aside from faster startups (which are lost on me as I diable hibernate to preserve space on my SSD), I haven't noticed much in terms of improved performance.
I'm in the camp that is satisfied with Windows 7 and don't see any reason that I will pay the $40 to upgrade.
pparks1 said:Do I hear echoes of Windows XP?I'm in the camp that is satisfied with Windows 7 and don't see any reason that I will pay the $40 to upgrade.