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After chewing on this Windows 8 situation for a while, here is what I am currently planning to do.
– Purchase a new laptop with 17.3″ screen and mid-range benchmark performance. I will expect to pay somewhere in the $700 to $1000 range. It will come with Windows 8.
– Purchase a full-install version of Windows 7 home premium 64-bit. It will cost about $175.
– Install Windows 7 in a second disk partition and enable dual booting. To do this I will revisit the information on the web describing the convoluted procedure to partition the disk in Windows 8 via BIOS entries (actually no longer called BIOS).
– Install my Microsoft Office 2003 CD under Windows 7. It is listed as incompatible with Windows 8 on the Microsoft web site.
This way, I can go to Windows 7 when I need to get serious work done while still being able go to Windows 8 to see what it can do. I will need to overcome my Microsoft/Windows 8 resentment barrier.
Windows 8 transforms a big expensive laptop into a giant iPhone, without the Phone feature. All the young people I know are glued to their iPhones, twittering, facebooking and showing off their latest gimicky “apps”. I hope Windows 8 goes the way of Vista. Microsoft needs a good slap up side the head to realize they also need to keep supporting their millions of PC customers who need to do something with their PCs besides twitting.
Maybe Windows 8 will supply the needed kick to push open source OSs like Ubuntu Linux and Linux applications past critical mass.