I'm trying to decide which version of Windows I should install on my new Macbook. I almost installed Windows 8, but the amount of bad reviews I've read and the amount of customization needed just to get it working the way I want seems more of a pain than it was adjusting from Windows to Mac OSX.
I installed Win8 on my Ultrabook when I got the chance to upgrade from Win7 for £15. Only had it installed for 30 minutes before rolling back to Win7. As already mentioned, touch screen....Win8.....anything else, Win7.
I had Win 8 installed on my Laptop couple Days ago. Day after i reinstalled Win 7
Win 8 might be good on Tablets and/or Touchscreens but uncomfortable for "normal" Laptops
You have this Tiles Screen and Desktop too. The Tiles Screen on normal Laptop is just a different thingy then the Start Button is. So no really use for it.
What i liked is IE10, but for that i dont need Wndows 8
Maybe a next Version Win 8.1 (blue) can be more usefull
I'm using Windows 8, and personally... I don't like any of the OS, but I would choose 8 without hesitation over 7. Its noticeably faster with my Intel SSD (330 series). The unity interface is a little annoying to me, but I do not miss the start menu at all... just find the unity menus a little unintuitive.
The Windows 7 start menu is gone, and replaced with the start screen (I don't know the technical terms). You can actually pin and un-pin programs from your start screen in Windows 8, and re-arrange theme.
The start menu "apps" are no good. The only "app" I use is the Weather one, and I actually really like it. The Hulu+ app would be nice, but most of the content I view cannot be viewed on devices and that includes the Hulu+ app itself even though its on the computer (yes, stupid). Thankfully you can unpin all the unwanted apps from the start screen, but they are still on the "all apps" page which I hardly ever view.
I personally would choose W8 over W7, but if W8 doesn't work well on a Mac (yet), then I could see the use for W7.
On the contrary, I quite enjoy using Windows 8 on a non-touch screen laptop.
It doesn't feel much different to Windows 7 in general usage. Yeah there's a start screen instead of a start menu but if you make use of desktop shortcuts and taskbar pinned items then you rarely notice that there's this new touch friendly UI in front of everything.
That being said, there's not a whole lot of benefit of using Windows 8 over Windows 7. So my answer is: "Toss a coin".
You have to try Windows 8's interface to appreciate it (I thought it looked awful from media coverage and using it in a VM). Microsoft have actually got something right for once - Metro fills a niche rather than 'replacing' the desktop.
Not many people would go and get native applications for the various websites they use (most are cumbersome, poorly designed, and/or resource hogs), plus there is no standardised way of presenting or creating them. Metro fixes all that. It creates a viable alternative to a tablet on your desktop or laptop PC. No trouble getting around it extremely quickly with a mouse, but as an osu! player I'm perhaps not the best person to believe there
Windows 8 is also slightly faster (though boot to the desktop is slower on an SSD, as MS have tried to slow down the starting of background apps to make the machine 'usable' sooner for those on HDDs - at the expense of anyone who relies on macro scripts, VPNs, etc.).
The killer feature of 8 for me is the fact that it's more realtime than any Windows OS to date. Microsoft have obviously realised that you have to be unbelievably lucky to get a windows installation where there isn't tiny stutters/hitches in games or video - as these would ruin the Metro interface. I've never seen such perfect frame timing on a PC before - it's not far off that of the handful of console games that run at high framerates, and of arcade machines. (Though this is a bit of an OCD obsession of mine, 99.9% of people don't notice or care about a mistimed or dropped frame here and there)