Windows 8 book authors dish on Windows 8

14 top-selling writers who dug deep into Windows offer a range of perspectives that show how controversial the new OS is

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Andy Rathbone

Andy Rathbone

Quite likely the best-selling Windows author of all time, Andy Rathbone offers three Windows 8 books, covering Win8 itself, the Microsoft Surface tablet in particular, and tablets in general. The first two titles are available now, and the third is due in about six weeks. In his inimitable style, Andy connects with "regular" Windows customers -- the prototypical consumer Microsoft would love to woo -- over and over again.

His comments:

Windows 8 is still too awkward to run on any of my desktop PCs. Instead, I store Windows 8 on a bootable hard drive that I slide into my Windows 7 PC for occasional reference.

I like Windows 8 on tablets, however, and I really love my Surface RT. Running Microsoft Word for 10 hours while on the road is a writer's dream. Most of the time, my Surface RT does everything I need.

My Windows 8 Pro tablet makes for a powerful portable PC, but its short battery life can't handle the road.

If I bought a touchscreen monitor, I'd finally install Windows 8 on a desktop PC. But I'm not ready to replace a monitor just to run a new operating system.

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