I've Got Start8 - So I really don't care
I tried the Windows 8 preview and was stymied until I discovered Start8 from StarDock.com. This handy little $4.99 (after a free 30-day trial) utility seamlessly restores the Start button and menus and with a single check of a box boots you directly into the desktop every time. So as long as Microsoft doesn't do something totally self-destructive like blocking Start8 and its brethern from working, I'm a very happy camper. With Start8 in place, Windows 8 runs like Windows 7 on steroids. It was a worthwhile, productivity-enhancing upgrade from Windows 7 -- worth far more than the $40 I paid for it. I think Microsoft, though, has shot itself in the foot with its efforts to move us to the cool looking, but inefficient Modern UI. I suspect that the Modern UI is just fine for people who use their computers for fun and games, but it really sucks (to use the technical term) for power users and business users who have a lot of programs on their computers.
And we should note the incredibly conservative, if not reactionary orientation of many computer users who resist change all they can. I imagine that Microsoft's bit mistake was not replacing Windows XP sooner -- people just got used to it. But XP pales in comparison to Windows 7 and Windows 8 in terms of stability, security, speed, forgiveness, and ease of use..It's a shame that so many computer users are so change-averse. If Microsoft hadn't changed Windows so much over the years, we'd still be running Windows 3.1 -- and trust me young 'uns, that was an awful operating system compared to what we have available today.
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