It provides exactly the same functionality though.
No it doesn't...
What an intense debate i'm still not sold at Windows 8 yet
I am not going to even bother replying to you on this matter. Do your homework or we're done here.
I use the keyboard to launch most programs and find most commonly used files...
"[Win], not, [return]" is a faster way of opening Notepad/sticky notes than minimising windows and moving my mouse to a shortcut.
Yes - keyboard is almost always much faster - just a steeper, non-intuitive learning curve. This is why we still have keyboard shortcuts.
mashakos abbreviates Microsoft to M$ and insists that quality is entirely dependent on what coding language you use.
Why are you even trying to argue with him?
I would probably use the keyboard for that, but if I wanted to select the 5th, 7th, and 9th words mouse would be faster. I was responding to the "nobody in their right mind would argue keyboard is faster" rather than claiming keyboards uber alles. Happy to use both.
My point was supposed to be that the keyboard may be faster at some things but the mouse is a lot faster at others. There's no way for example that I'd want to browse this web page with a keyboard for example, or tab through a long list that I can't search through. Mashakos just keeps changing his example to try to suit his own nonsense.
Yeah, he does that. And when you call him out on his bullshit he doesn't respond.
On the mouse/keyboard thing: They both have their strengths. Depending on how quick you are with a keyboard and what the default location of your hands is, a keyboard can be a real timesaver. If you're a programmer or writer and your hands are on the keyboard anyway, you can select a few words on a line faster with the keyboard than with the mouse. I tend to keep my hands on the keyboard, so I'm very fast with it.
If you tend to keep your hand on the mouse, that will probably make the mouse faster for you.
To answer the OP.
I'm happy with Win7 on my rig. However, I was intrigued by Win8 so I installed it on my kids laptop (hehe!) to see how they got on with it and have a dabble myself.
They took to it like ducks to water with absolutely no moaning. They could get it to sit up and beg within half an hour. Anything they did before (in win7) they could do now and then some. They're 9 and 11 by the way.
The only problem encountered was when we shoved a DVD in to shut them up. No out of the box support. We quickly downloaded VLC and hey presto! They later worked out how to install WMC for freemans themselves.
I downloaded a couple of older games of Steam to see how it went and it's all tickety-boo. Great to use...sorry Abe.
I'll be upgrading asap. hth.
Right, so if I'm planning on getting a wholly new machine later this year that will have an Intel processor and an nVidia GPU that will be primarily for gaming but also some 3D modelling, on a single monitor, am I better off getting Windows 8 or sticking with 7?
The only suggestion I have is to pin Control Panel to the Start screen.
Get Windows 8, it's cheap right now, gaming performance is at least as good as 7. Use savings on better RAM or something.