I'd done this drill before. With each new version of Windows, from Windows 95 on, I wanted to be the first to try out every new feature. But my fascination with Windows seems to have taken the same tack as my interest in what's under the hood in my wife's Subaru. I've been there, done that.
The thrill is gone.
The desktop OS is not what's important anymore. Clearly that's not the case for everyone, considering that 1 million people downloaded the Windows 8 preview in the first day. Many people like to tinker, and OSes have always had a cult-like following.
But for me something happened when Computerworld replaced my Windows-based ThinkPad with a MacBook two years ago. It just worked. Maybe I'm getting old, but these days I don't rub my hands together in anticipation of the cool new features in the next release of an OS. I don't feel much like turning all the knobs on new operating systems anymore, just as I don't do my own tune ups or change my own oil. I want to work and think at a higher level.
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This story, "Windows 8: The thrill is gone" was originally published by Computerworld.