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Yahya Elyasse
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Hi,
I sometimes need to do some development work in my windows 7 partition.
I'm hesitating to upgrade to windows 8. I'm not sure if windows 8 is a good enviremment for software development. what are your opinions? is upgrading to windows 8 from windows 7 a good decision?

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Yahya Elyasse
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obviously windows 8 is not a beast you are encouraged to try. every review article i read about windows 8 was negative. I don't see this new OS to have any success in the future: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/10-reasons-windows-8-will-be-painful-for-developers/2885
My decision: keep away from Microsoft. Invest in Linux and Mac OS X . those are the successful OS for years to come. or you have other views?
Peter Johnson
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This is a matter of preference and taste. I recently upgraded my work laptop to Windows 8 and do a lot of Java development work on it. It has some nice features (e.g. finally I don't have to constantly say that I want to see details when i copy a large set of files, and the details now give me a detailed progress graph), it's a little more secure (e.g. can't directly modify files in certain locations (you can override this behavior in the registry)), and if you don't care for the new Start screen and miss the old Start button there are apps that will do that for you (I use one, but prefer using the Start screen for search, it's much better than what was in 7). I dislike the childish, thick, window borders, but it does make it easier spot the active window.


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Yahya Elyasse
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Peter Johnson wrote:This is a matter of preference and taste. I recently upgraded my work laptop to Windows 8 and do a lot of Java development work on it. It has some nice features (e.g. finally I don't have to constantly say that I want to see details when i copy a large set of files, and the details now give me a detailed progress graph), it's a little more secure (e.g. can't directly modify files in certain locations (you can override this behavior in the registry)), and if you don't care for the new Start screen and miss the old Start button there are apps that will do that for you (I use one, but prefer using the Start screen for search, it's much better than what was in 7). I dislike the childish, thick, window borders, but it does make it easier spot the active window.


Many experts dislike the new windows 8 and after i tried it too i didn't liked it much. the windows 8 dual personality for User interface is a bad feature. It was designed for tablets and phones and i don't see it a successful desktop OS. I prefer using Linux or Mac OS X . Windows 7 was a major improvement of MS OS products; but there new windows 8 is for me another failed MS OS.
Ulf Dittmer
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Well, if you put store in the opinion of experts -whoever they may be- then maybe Windows 8 is not for you. Peter's hands-on experience sounds like it's quite possible to use it productively for development.


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