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This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version)
Pros: Easy to use. Fast and stable. Seems to be more intuitive.
Cons: So many people have complained about this OS that I think many have not given it a fair shot. I was hesitant to buy this for a new build based on reading so many people directing their angers and frustrations of the world at this product.
Other Thoughts: I'm a desktop user who doesn't power off my computer except when prompted for updates, so every time my computer comes out of hibernation, it does so to a desktop that is set up exactly the way I like it. The programs and files that I use often are right there on the desktop and task bar--the I way I've been accustomed to having them for years.
I've owned every version of Windows since 3.1, and this is the best.
Also, while I don't spend much time with the Start screen, I don't know what the problem is. Compared to scrolling up and down the list of text programs in other versions of Windows with a Start button, the Start screen is really, really easy to use because everything is right there and big.
Since I've updated to 8.1, I like this version even more. The extra tweaking and added features makes for an even more enjoyable experience.
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
Pros: Does everything previous versions do plus more. Easy to use.
Cons: All the negative reviews all over the internet.
Other Thoughts: I love this version of windows. The learning curve is shallow.
I have had every version of windows since 3.1 and think 8.1 is the best. I am a desktop user and don't really care to use "apps," but I don't understand what all the flaming has been about. My desktop is set up exactly the way I like it.
I added an icon to the taskbar to put the computer in sleep mode--a process that took about five minutes including doing the research on the internet to learn how to do it. Since then, I've rarely scene the Start screen. With 8.1, right clicking on the start button gives this functionality and more.
I would like to add that when I need to use the start screen, it is so much easier to use than scrolling through the list of applications in the previous versions with the start button.
I am perplexed at how much people have complained, flamed and bashed this incredibly fast, stable and intuitive version of window.
By the way, as I've learned from reading others' reviews, no one is paying me to write this--if you find yourself thinking that I'm trying to trick you into liking something that is not likeable, ask yourself why are you so paranoid.
This review is from: Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 Product Key Card - 1 PC
Pros: Does everything I need it to do and very well.
Recommend for everyone.
Cons: Outlook and gmail don't play well together. I can't help but think this might be on purpose, but I've adjusted.
Other Thoughts: As a math and English teacher, I find office invaluable. Word, as other versions have, allows me to create beautiful math test--various scripts, matrices, exponent laden monomials, etc. Excel and Powerpoint get plenty of use too for many, many things. I really like the toned down color scheme of 2013, which I know is a con for many, but my work now takes precedent over the application.
I still save to my computer instead of the cloud.