Microsoft Windows 8

Verge Review

Windows 8 is a rebirth, a "reimagining" of Windows and the entire Microsoft brand. It's also the single riskiest project that Microsoft has ever embarked upon — a bet from Redmond that users can adapt to a new way of computing. With mobile alternatives from Google and Apple eating into sales of traditional PCs, Microsoft needed to act quickly to protect its Windows revenue. A short testing phase of under a year from Developer Preview to a finished product in stores shows that Microsoft is...

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Software type Operating system
Distribution Retail, Online

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Software type Operating system
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8.5

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    Reviewed by chrismo2001 (Previously owned)

    As an IT administrator I use windows on a daily basis. I always get alittle excited when I can try a new OS and all it's new features. However, this is not true for windows 8.

    Microsoft takes everything great about an OS and makes it more clunky and difficulte to use. They also keep what's bad about the OS in every aspect. Windows 8 is a IT nightmare as all to the tools an services have been relocated or removed. Now don't get me wrong, I love change. I use a Mac at home.

    Metro is not a user friendly platform and the app support is still very week. The lack of multitasking is just mind blowing to me. In comparison to OS X or even windows 7, it's safe to say that windows 8 is the next vista.

    This is definitely your grandmother's OS

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    Reviewed by Eamonbarker (Currently owns)

    The king of Operating Systems.

    I have used OSX and Windows - WIndows8 far out performs OSX. After about 30 minutes of walking through, my computer-illiterate mother-in-law was able to pick up Windows 8 without issue. The Start screen with live tiles is one of the best improvements - the best being Win+Q, the ability to search from anywhere in the OS, and it is context aware.

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    Reviewed by Slymayer (Currently owns)

    I first was skeptical about Windows 8 because of Modern UI that was basically made for tablets but the improvements like the apps that are pretty well integrated even when I use the desktop (I'm thinking of the side-docking for most of the apps that is really neat). The lack of native applications is a thing for sure but you get your notifications from the People app for example and the quality of the browser allows you to go on Facebook them. IE10 on Win8 or even WinRT is really smooth and always give you a clean render.

    One thing I really like too is to keep the same UI on both tablets and PCs, when I switch to my Surface RT I don't feel like I'm on a castrated device and Atom tablets are even better.

    Actually I think even buying a WinRT device is a good deal, however Atom tablets are much better and sometimes cheaper and offer a faster and more complete experience, and still Windows 8 is great on them. The only problem you may have is that the GPU on Atom tablets is often ridiculous even compared to a Tegra 3 device that has a better GPU but an ARM processor.

    The apps are a good initiative, porting the concept to the computers is really good I think as many services we accessed via a web browser are not accessible via smooth, integrated and even centralized apps for some services.

    The multitasking is just perfect to me, both on computers and tablets, it is really smooth, and you don't have to learn unintuitive gestures. I was first confused between the desktop multitasking and the apps multitasking but now I'm used to it and I use Windows 8 even faster than Windows 7.

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    Reviewed by ge.1232760 (Currently owns)

    pretty good but i missed on the deal when it was 39.$ if you didnt get a chance to buy windows 8 for 39$ you still can buy it here https://www.abdouexpress.com/product_info.php?products_id=29 its still 39.. Microsoft jacked the price to 199!!

    theverge really does a great job detailing Windows 8 and other computer stuff. I hope windows 9 comes out soon

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    Reviewed by UltimateCoder (Currently owns)

    I never bought windows when it just came out. I always wait for few months, or a year, to upgrade. Not this time. The moment it was released was the moment I bought it. No regrets. Best Windows ever. It's a whole new level for microsoft when they developed this. Metro is something beautiful. It's something that makes me notice that this is the first time I have something to start with when I power up my PC. Yes, there was desktop before, but this is just better. It's like a phone home screen, but for PC. Not to mention how awesome it will be in some time when the developers fill up the app store.

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    Reviewed by doctorwhofan98 (Currently owns)

    The perfect OS! When I want to relax and consume content, I can use the formerly-known-as-metro UI, and when I want to multi-task I can use the always powerful desktop. I don't have a touchscreen, but both enviroments work just fine with mice and keyboards. The negatives are the lacking metro-style apps (the ecosystem still gets a 10 because of the desktop apps though), the poor built-in apps (the Mail app is terrible) and the 10 tab limit in IE10. Maybe there will be an 11 tab limit in IE11, who knows...

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