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    Why I actually WANT to buy Windows 8





    Windows 8

    Why I actually WANT to buy Windows 8


    By Susan Bradley

    Whether you think Microsoft made a fabulous strategic decision or has taken a decidedly wrong turn with it's ubiqutious OS, Windows 8 is now on the street. Here's why I'm actually looking forward to buying a new Windows 8 computer.

    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/windows-8/why-I-actually-want-to-buy-windows-8/ (opens in a new window/tab).

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    Unless I were to suddenly take up business travel for a living (as you evidently do), I just cannot see buying overpriced tablets with new OS versions every three years or so (as most people who use tablets have been doing). The amount of use and capabilities I could get do not justify the prices. An ultrabook has similar issues -- it's just not cost-effective. Too bad ultrabooks seem to be edging out Netbooks -- the netbooks often give much better return on the investment, and have a similar form factor for travel.

    Still, I look forward to your report on your final choice, and the reasons you will choose what you will eventually go with.

    As for buying something expensive -- if your next tablet lasts as long as your current traveling device, you could break even yet. Folks laughed at me when I spent $1,000 on a Windows 7 laptop. Now I get to use the same laptop with Windows 8 Pro (System Builder so that I can dual-boot until I finally decide to go with Windows 8 full-time -- or not). So I've saved at least one hardware upgrade cycle. The same happened with my Windows XP laptop, only I decided to skip Vista. A higher upfront investment can pay off down the road, if all goes well.

    Good luck with whatever you choose to buy, Susan.
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    If you check the prices for used Ipads, you will find that selling the old one and buying a new one isn't really all that expensive. You can also find refurbed Ipads at a considerable savings at the Apple Store. They come with a brand new battery and a good warranty. That's the route I went. I also find staying one generation behind rather than going with the current model is very cost effective.

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    Some is business but a lot is train travel to see friends in Los Angeles. Because there are times that I need to remote back to the office and handle something, I need to have something that computes and not just consumes.

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    I agree

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    I have a high degree of confidence that MS will never abandon the traditional desktop environment, but I can also see
    tremendous potential for the creation of suitable working apps in the "Modern UI Style" for the small device in terms of productivity.
    If anyone has the muscle to make this happen it will be MS, not Apple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SusanBradley View Post
    Some is business but a lot is train travel to see friends in Los Angeles. Because there are times that I need to remote back to the office and handle something, I need to have something that computes and not just consumes.
    I have to agree. This is really the key point in Microsoft's offerings and the reason I wouldn't buy any of Apple's offerings.

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    I thinks you can find refurbed Ipads at a considerable savings at the Apple Store. They come with a brand new battery and a good warranty!
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    Just don't trade in an old iPad at the Apple Store. They rarely give you 20 cents on the dollar.
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