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.
Tom has Windows 8 and likes it, but would much rather have a start button. Leo says he can press the Windows Key and it'll go into the desktop, which is beneficial. He also customizes his metro interface for him, which is something that most people don't realize is possible. Tom also says he loves the search feature because all he needs to do is start typing and it'll bring stuff up. Leo agrees, that is very easy. He also really likes the Mail app in Windows 8.
As everyone knows, Leo's not much of a fan of Windows 8's "Modern UI" interface. So, for $10, he installed Stardock. Now he gets all the functions of Windows 8, but with the layout of Windows 7, and it's just as fast.
Leo has heard that Windows 8.1 will bring back the start button and will allow users to natively boot into the desktop, rather than having the Modern UI forced upon them.
Cindy bought a SONY Vaio and she can't find Skype on it. Leo says that's because of the way the Metro interface looks. Cindy can use the desktop though, and then it looks like the old Skype.
Mark believes the worst product Microsoft has ever created is Windows 8.
The ready to manufacturers (RTM) of Windows 8 will be out next month, with General Availability of Windows probably in October. Leo says that the new version of Windows is so drastic, that people are going to be very confused by it. It's a very calculated risk to release the METRO style, but Microsoft is all in.