The business subscriptions haven't been completely released yet. They seem to exist as they're referred to all over the place, but if you actually look at the business offerings they don't yet include Office (software) in them.
So Microsoft's latest effort is to try and turn Office into a subscription model. But I think they have seriously miscalculated in terms of the price they're charging.
You can buy, for £89, a physical copy of Office 2010 Home for up to 3x users. They're trying to sell Office 365 for £79.99/year for up to 5x users.
Now you might say that the Skype credit and SkyDrive bits are worth a lot. They are worth something but some quick maths suggests the Skype stuff is worth approx £18/year at Skype's current rates.
The SkyDrive space is worth £6/year for the additional 20 GB. Keep in mind that you only get 20 GB once, not 20 GB each year, so you're paying to maintain that additional storage, not to buy more...
- Skype: 18
- SkyDrive: 6
- Therefore: You're paying £55.99/year just for Office.
I'd prefer to pay £89 for the physical boxed copy of Office 2010. I only buy Office once every eight years anyway, plus there is no assurance that Office 365 even gives you the newer versions of Office when they come out in the future (i.e. there might be an "upgrade fee").
I literally cannot use the Metro one as it tries to force me to merge my Skype account (of which I have several) with my Live account (of which I have several).
I also use my Skype account in less secure environments like on insecure airport WiFi than I do my e-mail/Live Account, so the last thing I'm going to do is merge them.
If my Skype account was ever stolen then no big deal, since it is "free" and I have no stored Credit Cards. If my Live Account(s) were stolen then that is a very big deal.
If Microsoft forces us to merge these accounts across the board then I might have to reconsider my usage of Skype like I currently do. I might check out Google+'s video chat features instead.
You can use GPO to disable Explorer entirely and load your app in place of it instead when the system starts. Alternatively you can do it via the registry (allowing one user to have a shell and another to not have one):
Maybe something like this on a timer?
1. Get a USB flash drive.
2. Flash the W8 ISO image to it.
3. Physically install the SSD, do not remove the HDD.
4. Set your BIOS/UEFI to boot into USB first then SSD second.
5. Do a CLEAN installation of Windows 8 onto the empty SSD.
6. You will find the previous installation/Windows 7 available as a mounted drive in My Computer. You can then ferry files and settings as you need to.
Using the "upgrade" option is never a good idea, just a lazy one. Microsoft has worked extremely hard on upgrade but yet still it puts most software into an unknown state (i.e. beyond the software vendor's remit).
If you do the above you will actually be able to boot into the "old" installation just by changing the BIOS/UEFI, so if you aren't able to figure out how to extract information just using drive access (e.g. the registry hives) then you can boot it per normal and just launch RegEdit.
There is 0% information loss.
PS - The same exact thing will work using DVDs instead of USB flash drives. Just write the ISO to a DVD.
@JoshRoss: What the holy hell are you even talking about? So Microsoft released a device into the consumer market, a consumer purchased it, found several very valid problems and now it is his fault for not being better qualified? And how does being better qualified/a pro even fix any of them?
Also you accuse him of trying to "profit" from the issues while at the same time agreeing that all the issues are completely valid complaints? Make up your mind. Either they are or they aren't and he is just trying to get clicks.
That is one of the worst posts I've ever seen trying to defend a product. It isn't just an unreasonable defence but it is so far gone it is literally beyond my being able to comprehend how your brain could come up with the "he isn't a developer so the fact that Word doesn't save is HIS fault. He isn't a tech-journalist so it is HIS fault that Word is slower than his typing speed."
Seriously, I really hope you're trolling.
The only reason why this guy bought this was so he could film it, post it to youtube and then profit. If you are not a developer or journalist, then you wouldn't have ever bought one of these.
These shouldn't have been offered to anyone without a MSDN account or press credentials. With the nonexistence of information available during pre-order, I have to imaging that it would be impossible to call fraud. You would need some idea of what you were getting and then not get it.
But hey, we're talking about it. There is a school that says any PR is good PR.
@JohnDaddyo: Control Panel -> Add features to Windows 8