The W8 RC is reportedly incoming on June 1st, but personally I find that my interest in the new Windows version is clearly waning.
I'll always feel that, warts and all, Vista is better than XP, mainly for what it does better under the hood, plus the x64 capability, though it's an absolute nightmare
of time-wastery if you want to get a totally glitch-free setup -- and of course Windows 7 is THE best version they've come out with since the revolutionary W95.
Windows 8 though ? A marketing campaign in the guise of a Windows UI I most certainly do NOT need -- and as for the W8 Aero desktop, it's a clear step backwards from the W7. And, frankly, from Vista.
At least if Metro *looked* cool, I might have a different attitude -- but it looks like sh*t.
OK, YES, if I were a mobile-device-holic I'd be super happy that W8 will let people use Windows on those devices -- but I'm not one of those people.
As for under the hood -- well, whichever W7>W8 performance gains there may be, and it'll mainly be ditching Media Center functionality which has been a bloated resources hog ever since they came out with the thing, oh and BTW even when you never use it
(!!!), well honestly when I compare Beta performance with current W7, there is very little difference at all on my computer (the Alpha did actually improve overall performance, but well Beta doesn't, that's life, and that's Microsoft for you...) -- it boils down to : W8 boots faster than W7. So what ?
This might end up being the first RTM Windows Client version that I'll skip since Windows Me -- I nearly skipped XP completely, at least on my personal rig, but it did in fact end up being my Main OS for a short 3-4 month period at one point, plus I did give XP MCE a few weeks, and I still maintain that XP x64 doesn't really count as "XP"
hmmmm I also can't help but feel that Microsoft's clearly deliberate policy of keeping the IT Enthusiasts at arms length during this Beta will backfire on them -- I'll be sticking with W7 for all of the above reasons, but it seems clear to me that the more piracy & hacking focused Enthusiasts, having received no Beta invite carrot, are less liable to restrain their creativity than if they had. Has MS *really* forgotten all those important community relations + marketing strategy lessons learned during Longhorn Alpha/Beta ??
Bottom line though : Windows 8 is a disappointment, IMO.
OK it establishes some absolutely vital basic protocols and technologies for the future of the OS, in a constantly changing and evolving and ever more miniaturised hardware environment, which is good -- particularly for those who are in need of such solutions in the here and now -- but it's desperately lacking in style, which is something that both W7 and Mac OS deliver in spades