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Reasons to love Windows 8

Microsoft's golden goose has laid what it very much hopes is another golden egg. Here are five reasons why it blows our binary minds

Touchy feely

Ever pressed your old-fashioned monitor in the hope it responds? Sadly, unless you have magical fingertips, you’ll need Windows 8 (and touch-enabled hardware) to turn your computer experience into one comprised swipes and presses that feel incredibly intuitive. Who says you need a start button?

Super speedy

Windows 8 needs some refinement if your view of performance is running Dishonored at full resolution on three 27in monitors, but when it comes to start up, shutdown and jumping between programs, Windows 8 is much, much faster than Windows 7. A PC can boot up in under 20 seconds – not even enough time to boil the kettle.

Laptop resurrection

Windows 8’s refined nature doesn’t just speed up a PC that’s relatively new. Older laptops and computers would benefit from a new lease of life, giving you a taste of a true 21st century computing without having to buy new hardware. It’s not going to fix that cracked screen and clear away the cobwebs but improved responsiveness means less tech rage.

Beauty in the machine

Gone are the days of off-yellow and grey menus. When you’re staring at a screen all day, a little colour and space goes a long way. Windows 8’s bright, clear and downright gorgeous new clothes have made Apple OS design look rather ordinary by comparison.

Full integration

The pieces of Microsoft’s cunning plan start to fall into place with Windows 8. The Smart Glass app means you’ll be able to interact with your PC, tablet, smartphone and Xbox in new ways. Then there’s access to Xbox Music and its unrivalled 30 million tracks, Windows 8 games like Cut the Rope and, hopefully, multiplayer gaming between every platform. Microsoft is even going to support Android and iOS devices for a number of its services, too.

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

Areas of expertise

Computing, mobile, audio, smart home