An Inside Look At Windows 8 From the People Who Use It

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 10-05-2012

An Inside Look At Windows 8 From the People Who Use It

According to the survey of over 50,000 Windows 8 users, 53 percent of respondents say that they prefer Windows 7 to Windows 8.

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That surprising note aside, the survey revealed that 56 percent of respondents thought Windows 8’s highly touted fast boot and shutdown times were its top features.

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In addition, half of respondents cited “easy installation” as a top feature in Windows 8.

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Surprisingly, Internet Explorer 10, which Microsoft says is vastly improved, was cited as a well-liked feature among 35 percent of respondents.

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Windows Defender, which will play a central role in the security of your Windows 8 installations, was well-liked among 24 percent of those surveyed, according to ForumsWindows8.

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Still, it wasn’t all good news. The chief weakness, cited by 35 percent of respondents, is Windows 8’s price, which will set customers back $199.99.

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In addition, since Windows 8 is an advanced operating system, users might quickly find that it’s a resource hog. That was its chief weakness for 26 percent of respondents.

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In addition, the survey found that one in five respondents complained of Windows 8 “always” freezing and crashing. But since they’re using a beta version, that might be addressed in the final build.

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Although more than half of respondents said that they would choose Windows 7 over Windows 8, only 25 percent would do the opposite.

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In testing Windows 8 on tablets, users were actually quite pleased. The survey discovered that 35 percent of users plan to use the Windows 8-based Surface tablet from Microsoft for their tablet needs.

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