Windows 8

The Good Windows 8 embraces the future wholeheartedly. Log-in and boot times are fast, the apps look gorgeous, and the Sync feature brings seamless transition between devices.

The Bad The learning curve is steep and in-app navigation isn't obvious. There are just too many known unknowns here.

The Bottom Line Microsoft makes an aggressive, forward-thinking, and bold statement for the future of PCs with Windows 8, and vast security and speed improvements more than justify the $40 upgrade price.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Interface 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

Aggressively innovative Windows 8 forces a steep learning curve

Updated October 24 to include new Windows RT details.

Microsoft's vision for the future of computers builds a new world for Windows. It works well with a mouse and keyboard, and it's great with touch screens. It lusts for apps, lives for sync, and loves real-time updates. But you'd better believe it'll take some time to get used to it all.

Since Microsoft debuted its vision for Windows 8 to the world at its Build 2011 conference, we have watched the themes that drive Windows 8 slowly gestate. The new operating system applies the lessons of mobile to the personal computer in a way that's absolutely innovative. Connectivity, cloud access to personal files, seamless updates, and a simple interface all come together in Windows 8.

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  • OS Family Windows
  • Media DVD-ROM
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