Yup, the Windows 8 craze is picking up. Still, many are skeptical with the new Operating System(OS) by Microsoft and the highlights have been comments from Valve and Blizzard recently. Still, just in case if you wanna stick to the comforts of Windows 7, all is not lost yet.
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Wanna Skip It, Skipper?
Well, your choice. Windows 8 does have the new “Metro” interface which we saw during their demo. It has vibrant colours and a different look from the normal Windows OS, which is a big shift. Well, not many fancy the new design due to its complicated placement of icons as reported by users who have tried the beta version.
Still, if you want to skip the release: food for thought – “if you don’t want to upgrade it, then don’t upgrade it.” Sounds simple right? Microsoft wont force you into Windows 8 yet. Support for Win 7 and the option to use it will still be available – good news for those in the Windows 7 comfort zone and won’t budge. Besides this, if you remember the DX9, DX10, DX11 fiasco (DX9 WinXP, DX10 Vista & DX11 Win 7), it is highly likely that future versions of DX will only be added to Win8, pushing new age games and applications to the Win8 platform. While its highly unlikely that shift will happen any time soon, you can count on that happening.
Another factor is the end-of-support dates. Usually, Microsoft operating systems have a 7 year support cycle and probably will be extended with mainstream support for another 5 years or so. Here is the list of end-of-support dates from Microsoft:
Windows XP SP3: April 8, 2014
Windows Vista SP2: April 11, 2017
Windows 7 SP1: January 14, 2020
Windows 8: January 10, 2023
(In case you’re wondering, yes, Microsoft has a formal definition of “supported.”)
So, relax. You still have many alternatives to Windows 8 or you can take this time to get used to Win8 way ahead of the rest.
Still, I am gonna miss the Start button on the start menu ……………or maybe I will pass on Win8 and stick with my Windows 7.. I still have 8 years.
Source via Zdnet.com