Leo says he likes it because it's a tablet that runs a full version of Windows. Paul Thurrott at WinSupersite has great things to say about it and there's a newer version coming out called the Venue 8. A lot of tablet makers are bypassing the Windows RT option and building tablets with the full version of Windows.
Microsoft announced this week that users will not be able to buy retail packages of Windows 7. The end of sales for PCs with Windows 7 installed will be next October, but if you want to buy Windows 7 by itself, you're out of luck. Leo says that users will have to buy Windows 8 moving forward, and he recommends Start8 by Stardock to make Windows 8 look more like Windows 7. It's only $5.
Melinda got Windows 8 and she hates it. Leo says that the Windows 8.1 update restores the start button and makes it easier to use like Windows 7. But Melinda wants to find apps and data. Leo says to just start typing. Windows 8 knows to search when she starts typing, and it'll continue to refine the search as she types more.
Britney is going into nursing school after the first of the year and wants to know what tablet she should get: a Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus 7, or the iPad. Leo says there isn't much difference quality-wise; they're all mature and have stunning screens. So it comes down to what she wants to do with it.
Jake bought a couple of new computers and he's trying to get them on his network. However, he's been told by Acer that he's been bit by a virus because his computer keeps turning on when he isn't using it. Leo says that he better be careful because that can be a scam. Leo says that it depends whether or not they ask for a $300 maintenance agreement. That's the sign that they're trying to pull one over on him.
Mike needs to upgrade his computer for working out in the field and he's looking at a tablet. But he needs PDF markup. Leo says that the Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet is an 8" tablet that runs full Windows and it's get great reviews. And at under $400, it's very affordable.
James is still using XP, but he's looking at getting a laptop. He's wondering if he should try and get Windows 7 or move on to Windows 8. Leo says that moving forward, he should probably get Windows 8, however the irony is that Windows RT, Windows Phone, and Windows 8 Pro are incompatible with one another.
Yvonne is looking at the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 because she likes to use Corel Draw. Leo says that it would be an excellent choice for both that and for using conventional Windows applications. Great battery life, and 200GB of SkyDrive storage too. It is a tad pricey, but Leo's not of the opinion that you should "save money" when buying a computer.
Bruce bought an Acer computer with Windows 8 and it has a lot of bloatware. Can he delete most of the Acer apps without hurting the computer? Leo says yes, but Bruce will want to wait until he's installed the 8.1 update. Here's the link to the update: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only