Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Aug 2012 21:30 UTC
Windows Microsoft has made Windows 8's final release available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, so if you are one of those - have fun. The 90-day trial has also been released, so us mere mortals can have a go at it as well. The evaluation version is Windows 8 Enterprise, so it contains a number of features regular users normally won't see. As far as I can tell - it's a bit unclear - the trial version cannot be upgraded to a final version a few months down the line. Happy testing!
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RE[4]: Pass
by kaiwai on Fri 17th Aug 2012 16:52 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Pass"
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I have been quick to disagree with you in the past but I also want to show I can be just as rapid in agreement.

I also find it a pain in the wotsit that people vote one down instead of replying. I also don't get the hysteria.

On the Windows 8 issue itself, I am genuinely undecided - but if what I have read on there being a $40 upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium is true, why not just try it out? It's not much more than the money I have voluntarily donated to Linux Mint in the recent-ish past, so it seems pretty reasonable on the face of it.

Keep posting, naysayers or no!

Unfortunately what I've seen online has gone from people disliking some aspects of Windows 8 to the almost fever pitched hysteria by some whose reaction is as though someone had just punched their mother. It is great to have disagreements and dislikes but I think the position by some regarding Windows 8 has blown the problems way out of proportion to the point that I don't think many of these people have a clue on what they're actually raging about - that is, the ability to clearly articulate the problems in a reasonable adult way besides resorting to an online hissy fit.

If I was a Windows user I really can't understand what the hatred is regarding consistency - I mean, if one has put up with 20 years of inconsistency why is there suddenly an expectation in 2012 that after 20 years of it that Microsoft is suddenly going to clean up their GUI and deliver something better? I guess where I stand as a Mac user I spoilt a bit when it comes to the GUI but if I were a Windows user I'd upgrade without too many reservations.

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