Are you ready for Windows 8?

While Windows 8 leaks and rumors have been doing the rounds on the Internet for a while now, what has really set the ball rolling was Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer announcing at a Developers Conference in Japan, that Windows 8 is confirmed to be released in 2012.

Windows-8-start-screen

Soon thereafter Microsoft talked of Windows 8 or Windows Next getting a new UI, live tiles apps and more.

Things will be different once you logon to your Windows 8 PC! You will now be welcomed with a Start Screen which will very personal, mosaic and tiled, just like the Windows Phone 7 tiles. While you would still see the taskbar, the Start Menu will be replaced with a tile-based Start screen. These Live tiles with notifications, will display up-to-date information at all times. The start screen would display Windows 8 apps which will work on laptops, desktops and tablets.

While most have liked this new interface and think Windows 8 will succeed there are others who don’t seem to be feeling too comfortable with the new start screen – and say that Windows 8 may fail.

Microsoft has already stated that Windows releases will be delivered at a pace of three years from one another. So it is normal to expect Windows 8 release in 2012.

And yet some don’t seem to be ready for it. Having used Windows XP for around 5 years, most have just upgraded to Windows 7, having skipped Windows Vista. And just when they had started enjoying Windows 7, comes the news that Windows 8 would be released next year.

While geeks, enthusiasts and early adopters would love an early Windows 8 release, common home users, enterprises and organizations who may have just upgraded to Windows 7 may not exactly be too enthusiastic about its early release.

So where do you stand? Are you ready for Windows 8? Or do you think its too early for you? What do you think of the new UI? Would you upgrade to Windows 8 as soon as it was released?

We would love to hear what you have to say.

You can buy Genuine Windows 8 Pro at Microsoft Store at great prices! You can buy the Windows 8 Pro Pack there too.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

15 Comments

  1. SoundMix

    Ready Teddy!

  2. Aribowo

    I’m Ready!!!

  3. Luis Matoso

    Ready. Absolutely. Besides W7 and 8 will be fully compatible. One of the biggest mistakes from Microsoft was keeping WP for a long, long time without a new version. I really enjoy the Windows8 presentation video. Very, very good and full of innovations.

  4. SCBright

    I am technically ready for change when appropriate, the new interface seems with a Big Phone 7. For now I’m very happy with my W7.

  5. Mark

    I love Windows 7, but Windows 8 even better, but I guess I’ll stick to Windows 7 because I hate the mosaic tile UI. I know there is a way to switch back, but I don’t know how.

  6. Robert Jacobs

    I would prefer about two years for windows 8 release as I just upgraded to windows 7 Professional

  7. Khai

    so long as that annoying interface can be dumped, then yes. if not, I’ll stick to Win7. (seriously, looking at it, that is totally useless to me, there’s not one thing there I’d use.. plus, with running stuff, who gets to see it more than a few seconds when you first boot up?)

  8. Nigel

    I think that Microsoft should wait until 2015 before introducing a new version of Windows, but instead add the new features that they want to do, by making it Service Pack 2 for Windows 7. Whilst this would not be revenue positive for them, it would keep the good will they have, and also stop them falling into the issue of upgrade prices, especially when Apple have now set the market price at no more than US$25!

    I also HATE the Mosiac screen – that may be good for pads, but is simply not for non touch screen devices.

  9. BobbyPhoenix

    There doesn’t seem to be anything worth upgrading for me. Windows 7 does everything I need it to do, so until it stops being a system where I don’t have to say “Man I wish Windows 7 did this, or can do that” I’m more than happy to stay put. I know you can change the UI in 8, but the basic look is like 7, so there are no features I need in 8 to make me want it. Unlike XP to 7 where there was so much change I can’t even look at XP anymore. I think 7 will be like XP in the way it will last as the main OS for many for years to come. I can see me using 7 for at least 10 years.

  10. Hawkmoon

    Based on the videos I’ve seen I like the Windows * UI and functionality. It sucks the release is too soon, but Microsoft has to compete with the likes of Apple and Google. I think having a single OS that can run on any device is the way to compete…having a phone, laptop, desktop, tablet or whatever running the same OS…imagine that. I’m excited and looking forward to 2012.

  11. Rev

    I remember the time when some car manufacturers (specially Japanese), change the look of there models to often and so radical that last year model have nothing in common with this year model. How the clients felt???? cheated as the value of the old car drop even further not just only because of age but also the new technology made it look obsolete.
    Know imagine that you just pay several 100 bucks for Win 7 and now you are being told….. sorry here is win 8 all new looks bells and whistles.

  12. R G Crook

    Installed Win 8 latest build….faster bootup and shutdown times; more efficient usage of resources; much more responsive than Win 7 or Vista.

  13. Robyn

    Bring it! I’m so glad to see Microsoft once more boldly forging it’s own path and neither copying other OS’s nor just maintaining the old UI. Sure, the Tiles are really different, but I’m more than willing to give it a chance!

  14. Lopesmaio

    Well, I’m not sure… it almost made me switch to Linux with KDE. In fact, I’m using it right now (dualbooted with Windows 7). I sure am an enthusiastic for new technologies and etc., but I like to get stuff done the quickest I can, and I feel like the Metro UI “makes me slower”. Not that my PC doesn’t run well with Windows 8 (it’s a powerful machine, indeed), but it slows down my productivity, and I think it’s ugly. Yeah, I said it, but it’s just my opinion. For example, look and compare the Explorer windows on Windows 7 and on Windows 8. The Windows 8’s windows look like they were designed with Paint by a 7 years old kid. Is this the way they are gonna be on RTM or is it just temporary while it’s still in Beta state?

    PS: Like I said, this is just my opinion. I’m not a Linux fanboy; in fact, I used to like Windows, but with Windows 8…. I just don’t fell “at home” anymore, I tried but I can’t. I’ll still be reading more news about Windows 8 when they come, but for now, my decision is that if Windows 8 keeps like this… then Windows 7 will be the latest Windows version I use.

  15. MrJoeJoe

    I think I’ll stick with Windows 7 for awhile, even if I get a new computer and its has Windows 8, I’ll down grade it to Windows 7.

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