In an act of market desperation with a keen eye to re-gaining consumer confidence after several OS flops in a row, Microsoft has announced that it will be making Windows 8 available as an upgrade for Windows XP, Vista, and 7 users for a tidy sum of $39.99 via download only.
Will this be enough to restore consumer confidence?
This writers opinion is that it is not.
As an avid Ubuntu user for about a year now, I have really begun to appreciate the open source movement.
I believe that the last Windows version that I had purchased was Windows Vista. To be totally honest, I was perfectly fine with Windows Vista. It was a bit of a resource hog, but the system I had built was more than capable of supplying it what it needed.
However, nothing could rescue any Windows operating system from what followed.
For most of my computer using career, I have run what has become probably the most popular operating system in history, Microsoft Windows and let me tell you, I regret it.
Over time, it gets really slow, the registry gets corrupted (in a manner of speaking) and it slowly accumulates tons of spying and behavioral tracking wares that negatively affect user experience to a great degree.
It was about a year ago, however, that one of my workmates recommended Ubuntu Linux for my desktop.
I had played with Mindriva linux before and always found installing software to be a bit burdensome. It was easy enough to use, but it didn’t really have all of the options that I wanted.
However, I took my workmates suggestion and installed Ubuntu Linux on a separate partition on my hard-drive and truth be told, I have never looked back.