Microsoft Release Windows 8

Windows 8 has been out for a couple of weeks now, so what is it like and is it worth upgrading?

Windows 8
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We’ve actually been using Windows 8 since the release previews and our general consensus is that, once you’ve got over the fact that the Start menu is now a Start screen and you’ve pinned all your main programs to the task bar, it’s pretty much the same as Windows 7. Except it feels even faster than Windows 7 with the same hardware.

If you don’t have a touch screen, the Start screen experience is ok, but you only get the full experience with a touch screen. However you could get one of the new types of touch mouse as a half way house. Microsoft Touch Mouse

Microsoft Touch Mouse
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Also most new laptops, will have touchpads with gesture support, so you can still utilise pinch zooming etc… But we’ve found once everything is pinned, you rarely go to the Start screen, except maybe to search for something that you haven’t pinned. Searching for programs on the start screen is crazy fast, just hit the windows key and start typing, you get Programs/Apps by default, but you’re just a click away from searching settings or files, or within another program.

With the Windows 8 Pro upgrade costing only £24.99, it’s a tempting offer: Windows 8 Pro Upgrade, if you’re getting new hardware then getting Windows 8 makes sense, especially if you can choose something with a touch screen.