More on Microsoft and the negative associations formed by Windows 8

Just to further illustrate the logic behind my view as a consumer about Microsoft products. Posting this on as well. 

I paid $550 for the new PC. I upgraded the RAM significantly and took a smaller screen. 
I have just over 2 hours of battery life. A Macbook Air has a legit 9 hours. This is a huge difference, especially when traveling. 
The Macbook Air, costs $300 more, but comes with iWorks. I would have to spend $100 for an Office license, which so far I have resisted. That combined with the additional battery life, make Apple the superior choice. 
Also, despite being less than 2 months old, the computers buttons sometimes don't work, same with the mouse response. I'm not 100% sure whether this is HP's fault, or the software, a combination (as they work when I restart/hibernate the computer) but it DOES affect my association with Microsoft's product. If it was Apple, I'd know for sure whom to blame or give credit to. 
In terms of details, I have to disagree with you. Skype operates as an app. When I put the computer into hibernate mode, if I have an unsent msg I lose it. 
Additionally, closing the app before I got the update, was completely counter intuitive. I would have to pull on the screen all the way down. I didn't know how to do it at first, and after I did, didn't enjoy the process. 
I love my MotoX (Android phone) it's great. The only thing I get at the price point I paid is more storage space and an SD card slot. 

POINT being: All this affects my association with Microsoft products negatively, and it was never really strong to begin with. With the excewption of Excel, which is fantastic, I use MSFT because I am used to them. The fact that I would want to switch my small business and personally, is an illustration of Rocco's point. 
Skate to where the puck is going, not where it is, as Gretzy said. 


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