Could Windows 8 really make that much of a difference?

I’ve been playing with the Windows 8 preview for a while now. I mainly got it for my little Inspiron Duo netbook, which is basically a full netbook with a flip-around screen. Not only did it speed the device up, but it made it fun as Hell. When it originally came to me it ran like molasses, mainly because they fit an entire pro installation onto a netbook with 2 gigs of RAM. It was cool, but felt like a tiny, slow PC. That wasn’t fun.

Windows 8 is meant for a touch device. Sure, it works great on a desktop or non-touch device, but I think it’s obvious that Microsoft is making a real attempt at the tablet market. A REAL attempt.

What I love about this is that tablets are easy to carry, growing more powerful and making it possible for people who could not afford anything near a 600 dollar notebook to get a 200 tablet that covers all the bases, easily.

I am in a cutting phase. I am simplifying almost every aspect of my life, albeit slowly. I am sick of bloated, heavy machines. If I ran the military I would cut it in half and use a shit ton of robots. Simple. Fast. Cutting. Cheaper.

My gaming is even getting simplified, so I am looking for games that will run on weaker devices. I want to drive tech backwards, or at least keep it around the level it is at now. Sure, we could use faster internet, but how much faster can we get an email? Windows 8 is a great attempt to make things faster and simpler. I think many PC fans hate it first because it is new, and second because it is so simple. If they can release it with more connectivity across all types of accounts (like connecting all emails together and social media accounts) I will buy it asap.

I think it will be a game changer, but mainly because the market is slowly moving to portable, personal and all-in-one devices. That’s fine to me. I want to be able to pick up and go anywhere with one simple device to do my work, and one credit card to pay my way. No paper. No plastic bags. No bullshit.

Windows 8 appears to be cutting out a lot of the bullshit. I don’t trust Microsoft at all, though, so I won’t be surprised if they find a way to slow it down, bloat it up and send it on its way on tablets that are packed with preinstalled software. Shit…let me pick the programs.

I am using it on this laptop and on my touchscreen netbook. Windows 8 is a pleasure to play with and flows well. Will it stay that way once it is released? I don’t know. Will it make that much of a difference? It’s definitely a step closer.




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Beau Hindman

I cover games and write, which means that I sit around in my PJs all day, playing games. I love it.