Should I Get Windows 8?

In our last book, when we posed the same question about Windows 7, the answer was absolutely clear, for virtually everyone: “Yes! Run, don’t walk.”

The answer isn’t absolute in this case. It depends on what you have now and what you want to do:

• If you’re getting a tablet computer such as the Microsoft Surface, you’re going to be getting Windows 8 (or Windows RT, as we’ll discuss shortly) no matter what, but even if you had an option, Windows 8 would be the right choice. This is where it shines.

• If you’re buying a new laptop, Windows 8’s faster startup, reduced power consumption, online services, and slicker ways of working with wireless and cellular Internet make pretty compelling arguments for going with Windows 8, ...

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