Originally Posted by gregzoll
XPsp3 will still be used in the workplace, especially government workplaces like mine, and 7 will still be the main OS. 8 is going to end up being how ME was when it came out. People quickly went back to 98se, or waited to get XP when it came out. Those that didn't went with Win2k.
Even when 9 comes out, which is going to be a blow like 8, but embed more always connected by not really being an OS but a browser with Apps like Google Chrome OS, which is the rumor, those like me will continue to use Linux on stuff like netbooks and laptops, Android on tablets, and as for desktops, stick with Win7 until the machine dies, or get tired of the crap MS software and go to either iOS or Linux.
I just don't get the ME comparisons. Yeah, I realize Microsoft has this history of every other OS sucking, but people don't realize that Windows 8 is almost identical to Windows 7 underneath. That means that Windows 8 will probably not have the huge instability problems that Windows ME had. Windows 8 is basically just Windows 7 with a GUI change (really just the start menu), a few performance improvements like increased boot times, and some added features like Storage Spaces and File History. Windows 8 will also come shipped with Microsoft's excellent antivirus software, which is a HUGE improvement (think of all your family members that don't have antivirus software on their computers).
The great thing about Windows 8 for HTPC users is that the most fundamental part of the UI, the start menu, is now usable with a remote control from 10 feet away. Have you had your HTPC software like XBMC crash, sending you to your desktop, forcing you to get out the mouse (unless you had the program linked to a button on your remote)? Now it's not a big deal at all. You just activate the start menu, and navigate with your remote to whatever application you were using. Do you use multiple applications with your HTPC? Super easy with Windows 8! Moreover, many of the Windows 8 apps will work well with HTPCs meaning we basically have a mainstream app store now.