What are your thoughts on Windows 8?
I got a laptop with Windows 8 on Thanksgiving. It's completely different OS than 7. The best thing I can say is that it boots incredibly fast. But I've been calling it Windows Oubliette due to the numerous exitless dead-ends built in. Right away it boots to a lovely photo on an otherwise blank screen. No clues about what to do from there. After some frustrated banging on the keyboard I discovered that hitting the mouse or space bar takes you to the log-in screen. Getting to the Start screen is easy once you find the hidden "Charms" bar, but the only way I have found to leave the Start screen is by deploying an application (programs are apparently now called applications). You seemingly can't just close the Start screen and go back to what you were doing. The first time I used it, every lateral motion on the mouse opened the PC Settings screen, from which there is no exit save cont-alt-delete to Task Manager. There's no off, you have to go thru Settings to Power to shut down.