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Old 08-15-12, 11:53 AM   #1
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Windows 8 rtm?

Anyone useing it? i been useing the last version of win 8 and it was pretty good The gui is knida odd to me>but its a fast os and stable
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Old 08-15-12, 01:43 PM   #2
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Not yet. I'm still using the last release preview version. The replacement Start menu ("Metro screen") takes a bit of getting used to, but overall it's fast and stable for me. Informally it feels quicker to respond and boot than XP or Win7 on similar hardware, but it may just be that I haven't pushed it that hard yet. Laptop bootup time is particularly impressive.
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Word on the street is the Windows 8 will be a business disaster for MSFT. I guess we'll know soon enough.
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Our desktop support guy just got done deploying 7 all over the department, and so will probably skip 8 just like we did Vista. It will probably end up on a test machine or two, though.
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Our desktop support guy just got done deploying 7 all over the department, and so will probably skip 8 just like we did Vista. It will probably end up on a test machine or two, though.
The same at our firm. Just finished Win 7. Not likely to go to Win 8 now.
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All of our important Windows server machines are on Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2 now. I understand Server 2012 will be out soon, but it will be a while before we get to it.

The less important machines will stay on Server 2003 until they are retired. I'm looking at you, FileMaker and TutorTrac!
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I've thought about either the Win8 Consumer Preview or Release Candidate, but after the fiasco that was IE9 RC on my Vista 32bit laptop, I'm not too keen on changing the OS. However, it's still tempting because my hardware is good enough for Win8 and a bunch of the new apps for Win8 won't work on Vista (IE10 comes to mind).

I've got my restore disks should I choose to attempt the 'free upgrade'...
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The less important machines will stay on Server 2003 until they are retired. I'm looking at you, FileMaker and TutorTrac!
Ungh, I am so sorry...
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Hey, we got it down to one server hosting 1 database a couple of months ago. It'll all be over soon.
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Not ready to buy any machines at the current time. Won't download beta but just got finished looking at the promo material. And that big square baz interace is suppose to be nice? I have the luxury of time to see what the feedback is, but really, it may push me to Apple.
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Word on the street is the Windows 8 will be a business disaster for MSFT. I guess we'll know soon enough.
I haven't been so excited since the new Yugos were announced.
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I think I'll hold off on 'upgrading' my laptop to any of the beta Win8's. I'm holding out for an all-in-one PC w/touch screen.
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I've held off on testing Win8, but once the $40 upgrade deal arrives, I've got a suitable system ready to give it a whirl. It'll probably end up as our new Employee Lounge system at the LBS. If it goes over well in that role, I'll push for the rest of teh boxen to get it as well. IE10, no Flash Player or Adobe Reader to update EVAR AGAIN, even better security capabilities than Win7... dunno about that GUI, but we can run Classic Shell if it comes to that.

As for touchscreens... meh. Touching my screen would be a bad, bad idea with my hands in their usual bicycle-mechanic condition. Here screen, have some DOT4 brake fluid! And don't any of these software developers have kids who eat peanut butter?! Or wives/gf who use hand lotion?! It is not logical, Captain.
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I use to do a lot of beta testing for Microsoft server and workstation OSs in a production environment but no more. One word: Ubuntu.
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Our desktop support guy just got done deploying 7 all over the department, and so will probably skip 8 just like we did Vista. It will probably end up on a test machine or two, though.
My company still has people on XP, so they haven't even finished switching everyone over to 7 yet. I'm sure they will skip 8 for the most part, might have a few people running 8 as testers like they did with Vista but no mass upgrade to it.
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If MSFT effs up Windows 8 it will just be another crack for AAPL to gain footholds in enterprise. Apple is already the world's largest computer manufacturer if you include tablets, and increasingly, I think you must do that to be accurate. It's going to be a short step from PCs to Macs in enterprise when half the company is already using iPhones and iPads. At the end of the day the marginally greater cost per desk of Mac hardware will be offset by higher productivity, less downtime, less Windows bull****, etc, so I think corporate resistance to that will fade, it has been fading for years as Apple slowly increases market share, this may only accelerate that.

MSFT is utter fail on many levels, their software often blows. They just have no excuses, I don't get them. They're sitting in the catbird seat with a captive market and they can't even do that right.
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I'm going to go out on a limb and say patentcad is an Apple fan boy. It's just a hunch, not sure what give me that impression.

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I'm still on XP at work, I imagine next will be 8.
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MSFT is utter fail on many levels, their software often blows. They just have no excuses, I don't get them. They're sitting in the catbird seat with a captive market and they can't even do that right.
Lengthy article here that explains just how f***ed up M$ management is:

http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2...-steve-ballmer
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The lack of real innovation at Microsoft is the problem. Seems like anything they've come out with is just a copy of another competitor's product.
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I played around with Win8 a little bit. It was new and exciting. Not sure if I like it yet. Seems like it would be good on a tablet.
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The lack of real innovation at Microsoft is the problem. Seems like anything they've come out with is just a copy of another competitor's product.
But that strategy works so well for Apple and people eat it up when they do it.
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I use to do a lot of beta testing for Microsoft server and workstation OSs in a production environment but no more. One word: Ubuntu.
+1 (but it's RHEL here)

Apple manages to fail in the server room every time they try, and that's where MS still has them. Apple works on desktop market share from the consumer/home side and MS works on desktop market share from the corporate/server side.
It is the eternal struggle.
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I've been using it for a few months. Once I got used to the new start screen (which is actually useful with its Live Tiles) and the Charms bar, I have trouble going back to Win7. Win8 has tons of under-the-hood improvements too, so the whole experience is smoother, faster, and takes full advantage of modern hardware. I intend on upgrading all of my machines when it's released in October.

Now, I don't think it will take off at all in the enterprise world. They're just now getting to Windows 7. My company is still on XP.

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