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Which Windows, 7 or 8?

This is the year that Windows 7 migrations are supposed be on the upswing. Gartner even recommends that all businesses start to decommission any Windows XP boxes before year's end. By all accounts anecdotal and personal, Win7 is a pretty solid OS, less prone to crashing and even better, able to recover more quickly from crashes. It definitely makes sense for those on XP to jump over. (And if you're still on Vista, I have two things to say: 1) Whoa! 2) What's keeping you on it?)

But Windows 8 is expected to debut later this year and, well, it seems to make sense to just migrate directly to Windows 8, right? Windows 8 has a slew of new features going for it, like its cloud-readiness, a new file system, and whatnot. We've had a fairly reliable version of the beta OS on a lab machine soon after it was made available after the PDC, that now Metro is starting to look like last year's tech. Still, would any of you consider upgrading directly to it, or are you planning to take the tried and true migration path that goes through Windows 7 first?

Of course, some of you may be jumping ship altogether and instead throwing out old boxes in favor or Apple iPads (or some other tablet). If that describes you, tell us why here.

Posted by Michael Domingo on 01/26/2012 at 11:59 AM

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Reader Comments:

Fri, Jan 27, 2012 Biffo73

Windows 8's biggest problem is the Metro UI, which doesn't work well on desktops. I actually love the Metro UI on the desktop, i prefer it than the standard desktop but every user has their own choice.

Thu, Jan 26, 2012 WindowsVista567

If you're wondering why someone might still be using Windows Vista, I have an answer: . Windows 8's biggest problem is the Metro UI, which doesn't work well on desktops.

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