For various reasons, I hate Apple and MacOS. Just to get that out of the way.
<For the record, everyday, I still use a Google Chromebook from the original free Beta 3 years ago (thanks mandeep), But my ASUS Windows netbook and my $1800 Mac Book Air 1.0 are on the computer scrap heap.>
Anyway, this weekend, I took another gamble and bought a Sony Vaio laptop with a touchscreen. As I hoped, touchscreens are good. Switching between keyboard and touching the screen is confusing but it's actually the best of both worlds.
So for the ultimate gamble, tonight, I decided to upgrade the local family Dell desktop from Windows 7 to Windows 8. I ran the Microsoft Windows 8 upgrade utility and it reported some compatibility issues (including a Microsoft product). Despite that caution, I went ahead. My naive mistake.
The email offer I just got from Microsoft is not working. WTF:
Of course, I could pay $120 instead of the email offer of $14.99. Somehow, this is not what I expected for 23 years of Microsoft loyalty.
Those who know me know I can be stubborn but finally, even I have hit peak Microsoft. Good luck, Steve Ballmer and company.
I hereby proclaim my next computer purchase will not benefit Redmond, WA (nor of course Cupertino, CA).
Mountain View, on the other hand...