Hey Starkers you do know that Windows 8 is tied into Google right?
Dammit!!! Well if that's the case I want my 40 bucks back.
Thank goodness for that...pheeew.
Thing is, kona, we have 2 Android tablet PC's that are tied into Google, so whether I/we like Google or not, it has become a fact of life for just about everyone who use the internet or a smart phone these days. True, I'd prefer not to use Google products whenever possible, but there was no doing that in the case of the tablets.
It was either an iPad or an Android device because nothing else was available at the time, and the Android won hands down, price-wise and for the extras out of the box over an iPad.... Flash, USB, HDMI, etc, etc. In fact, my niece, who's an ardent i-everything fan, saw what these tablets can do and ditched [and sold] her iPad to get for one herself. Nope, no way was I going with an iPad, though I will probably look into one of MS' Surface tablets a bit further down the track.
Honestly though I'm with the other guys in this thread. No reason to use 8 when it offers very little over 7.
I thought that at first, and because of Metro, which I thought unavoidable at the time, there was no way I would upgrade to Win 8, either. However, it occurred to me that MS is not likely to ever return to Windows as we know it, and that each successive edition is likely to depart even farther from it. So with that in mind, and the likelihood that MS will cease support for previous OSes by Windows 11, I figured it was best to get on board now, before the gap broadens too much and it becomes too steep a learning curve when that time comes.
It's something to think about, and with Windows 8 Professional going for just USD$39.99 for a limited time, there's probably no better time than the present to get on board.