Re: No Choice but Windows 8?
I've been running a windows 8 Dell laptop for 4 months now - a Dell XPS15-l521x.
I have had multiple VMs running at the same time (Windows server and Linux) and I've been running SQL Server natively both database and analysis services usung a 1TB database on an external drive. I regularly eat up all 8GB Ram, and will be upgrading that to 16GB although the immediate need has gone since I changed to a new contract.
Anyway, my point is that once you get a start button replacement running and change the default applications to NOT use the win8 apps then you'll be fine.
Apart from the tiles thing windows 8 is actually pretty nice