While it's great business for Stardock, and believe me - I wish SD and all who dwell within nothing but the best, but I find it completely ludicrous to buy an OS which needs another piece of software to make it usable .
The thing is, Win 8 is usable without Start 8 if one wants to take the time to relearn old tricks. However, I see no real reason why Start8 can't be installed for those who want to use the OS like Win 7. I mean, we use Windowblinds and other customisation software because MS failed bigtime to make any iteration of Windows aesthetically pleasing. In fact, we use 3rd party security software and a variety of other applications to make Windows better, so there's no foul here, not as far as I'm concerned.
starkers... we've been mates since the dinosaurs were eggs, and I know you're absolutely correct. I figure my days with Windows will end with Windows 7, and from then on it'll be Linux.
I really cannot understand the sentiment. Honestly, Windows 8 is a superior OS and leaves Win 7 wanting in several ways. Not only is it faster and more fluent/fluid, it presents greater opportunities, such as complete syncing with other Windows platforms [phones, tablets] without having to jump through hoops to establish a network, etc. And Linux???? Combined with them stale old IOS devices, yer iPhone an' iPad, ye'll truly be in tha dinosaur age, won'y ye? Now don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Linux... I tried Ubuntu and liked it... and unlike another company we all love to hate, they're not putting out employee suicide nets, rather than improve working conditions.
I was disagreeing with starkers, not you...lol
You can disagree all you like, XP and Vista will be forced into retirement before the year's end, and support for Win 7 will begin to wind down in late 2014. Now that is not to say support for Win 7 will be entirely axed, security patches would still be issued for a time, but MS intends to pour its resources into new and emerging technologies.
Vista may get chopped off at the knees, but Win7 will be here for a lot longer than you and your feathered friend think, Mark.
The idea that MS can "force" a massive change to a new OS by crapping on corporate America and, indeed the entire global economy to the tune of many billions of dollars is just plain silly. I want what that little birdie has been smoking.
Like I just said, support will start winding down by late 2014, and that's almost 2 years away. Unlike XP, which got 3 Service Packs, and Vista which got 2, Win 7 will remain pretty much as is, except for security patches, but if I were you I wouldn't expect it to be given the same kind of lifespan that XP got. Win 7 mightn't exactly be dead by mid to late 2015, but users wanting to keep pace with the changing times will need to move to the newer OSes.