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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it actually seems Windows 8 isn't an upgrade over Windows 7 even performance-wise, atleast according to various benchmarks

Not sure it needs to be - "clean" & bug-free are probably more important, and Win7 is plenty fast enough on any sensible system.

With "performance" in general, there's probably plenty of ~placebo going on - why would computers be immune to such effects? - this seems like one of them. Or note how many people swore by trackpoints, but rigours of actual research seem to suggest that touchpads are superior: some examples linked in (conversely, note how the views and links supportive of trackpoint seem to be "subjective opinion" in character) & external link.
(and I even personally do like trackpoints, I'm used to the concept; but...)

Once I even tested an overclocker buddy, who claimed big noticeable improvements ...thing is, in a controlled test, he wasn't able to reliably tell when the CPU was clocked at half the speed; his guesses were not statistically better than chance.

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