Originally Posted by cbrazeau1115
But ya know, cutting out Win 2000 so it fits your agrument works too I guess...
I think the argument doesn't hold water, since Win95 and Win98 were both horror shows filled with brain damage and goofiness, while Win98SE allowed USB devices. Win2000 was a vomitfest, but was slightly better than ME, which was an abomination. Pre-95 Windows versions were pretty useless lumps of trash, Win1 could have overlapping windows, Win2 was too slow to keep up to the speed of CGA graphics cards, Win3 was maybe a little OK, but WfW was a heap of steaming poo.
XP brought Windows to a level of mediocrity, still brain damaged but at least it didn't BSOD every three minutes like Win98SE. Vista was a bag of hurt - looked good, but there was basically no hardware that it could run on, and no advantage for any software, which ended up broken with the incompatibilities. Oh, and the extra 900 features that no one could possibly learn or use, sucking away system performance faster than say, the current bloatware that Apple heaps onto their most recent iterations of OSX.
Win7 is actually almost usable - still with brain damage, but nothing untoward. I was never a fan of Windows, having suffered through years of the stuff MS was cranking out long before most OCN users were born, but having used Win7, I can say that it is something that I can use - unlike other iterations of their OS.
Now Win8 is touted with Live... Live is nothing new, MS is just going to try to "build it in" because really, using Live once will make you flee away at high speeds if you have the choice. MS can't seem to let go of their failures. BOB was a failure, so they try to reheat it as "Live", where it is as brain damaged as slop that Adobe cranks out every two days. I think MS would be better on working on the things they are good at - and just write off the things that are simply god-awful. So Win8 might be adequate, if it is mostly Win7 - but if Live is built-in, it will make MS a laughing stock because MS doesn't know how to do anything online. Better if MS made Win8 say, better with multiple cores, or put it on a significant diet and make the kernel smaller, or have utilities that are actually usable.