Hi, this is my first thread on this forum. I would like to solicit the opinions, of my fellow posters, on Windows 8 (final, not any of the previews) and your experience using it. There are a few things I would like to note before we begin. First, I hope that you've taken note of my use of the word 'opinion'. Therefore, I hope that we will stay clear of dogmatism and respect the opinions of one another for what they are; opinions. Second, I would like to request that we refrain from personal attacks and name calling (I believe that those are parts of the forum's rules anyway) On that note, we must acknowledge that there are foreign posters who speak English with varying levels of aptitude, please try to be accommodating. Third, I hope that we will be mature and refrain from this sort of thing: Poster A: "I like Windows 8 because of A, B and C" Poster B: "I spot a Microsoft employee. LOL. " Fourth, follow forums rules and we'll all have an enjoyable time learning something from one another So, to kick this off I will begin with a bit of my background: I am a final year Computing and Information Systems student and intern and my interests have mostly been in software development. I am currently completing my final project which will be a distributed information system with 2 desktop clients (one in C# and the other in Java) and a web interface (using ASP.net). I use Visual Studio 2008 (currently experimenting with 2012) and Netbeans very regularly. I am also using the Microsoft Word 2013 Preview to type my report and synchronise the changes with my SkyDrive. I also spend a fair amount of time on the Web hanging around in forums, doing research and checking my email. I've enjoyed using Windows 8 thus far on my laptop which is a Samsung SF510 (nothing fancy but it gets the job done). I'm not thrilled about the new Modern UI apps although do I enjoy using a couple of them (OneNote MX and Fresh Paint). I have no need for the social features of Windows 8 and have unpinned the Messaging and People tiles from the Start Screen. On the desktop side, I like the updated interface as I prefer sharp, non-rounded corners on the window borders and the other control elements. I disliked Aero and aliased corners which were driving me crazy everytime I noticed it. The removal of the transparencies is an improvement, I think, because I never saw a reason for them in the first place. I only wished that they'd removed the transparency of the taskbar. The Ribbon in Explorer was a nice idea (I like the Ribbon interface) and allows me easy access to some basic commands. Overall, my productivity has been the same between Windows 7 and Windows 8. I spend most of my time using the traditional desktop and only use the Start Screen when I need to open a new program which is not often as I open all the applications I frequently use as soon as I startup my computer. I don't shutdown my PC often, instead preferring to put it in Sleep or Hibernate and I restart only when an application requires it. In fact, I only see the Start Screen about twice every 8 hours. My Windows 8 experience has been an enjoyable one and I look forward to purchasing it once it becomes available.