I believe 8 would have been considered a less-than-optimal choice had it not been pre-installed on so many new machines. I know the last computer I bought was in a hurry and I purchased it off the shelf. The only reason I took one that had 8 on it was because that was what was available. It was not by design and had 7 been an option I would have went with it. The following poll is not scientific but it is an indication of how computer people feel about 8. It's a poll on whether 8 is worth the hassle. I voted in the "In hindsight I'd say no, but I got used to it and now I'm living with it" category. Looking at the poll and discarding those who are not sure or haven't tried it you get a 45% to 24% favorable/unfavorable vote. http://www.pcworld.com/article/2031122/poll-is-windows-8-worth-the-hassle-.html This poll is a bit more in the favor of 8. If you toss out the others you get a 30% to 29% favorable/unfavorable vote. http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57541424-1/friday-poll-will-you-upgrade-to-windows-8/#!