Microsoft officially launched Windows 8 today, and with it comes a choice for those who use its predecessors: do I stay, or do I go?
My Crave colleague Eric Mack touches on the subject in an opinion piece today titled "The Windows 8 question: To adopt early or not?" Eric owns a perfectly capable Windows 7 laptop and would rather wait for a Surface tablet with Windows 8 Pro to debut before considering new hardware.
Personally, I feel a slight temptation to upgrade to Windows 8. In his review of Microsoft's Surface, CNET Senior Editor Eric Franklin praises Metro -- the primary interface of Windows 8 -- saying it's "innovative, elegant, powerful, and versatile," the last set of words I would use to describe my cluttered Windows 7 desktop. Maybe a new layout would feel like a breath of fresh air.
Unfortunately, moving into new digs can often cause problems. Franklin notes that the new "Windows Store is a ghost town, Metro has a steep learning curve, and the Desktop interface feels clunky and useless."
Despite the yo-yo effect these opinions have on me, I'm the type of person who primarily uses their desktop computer at home, so Windows 8, which is mostly made for a touch screen, doesn't feel like a must-have upgrade. If I owned a compatible touch-screen laptop, tablet, or hybrid computer, however, then I would quickly purchase Windows 8 to get the most out of that device.
As CNET Senior Editor Dan Ackerman notes in CNET's Windows 8 buying guide, "anyone with Windows XP, Vista, or 7 can upgrade to Windows 8 for just $40, no matter how old that PC is. If you have a new PC purchased after June 2, 2012, the upgrade is price is merely $15. Rich Brown has a detailed explanation of the upgrade plans and details here."
So what are your thoughts? Will you be upgrading to Windows 8? Vote in our poll.