I have been a Mac user since mid 2010, when I bought in Cincinnati Ohio a macbook pro 13 (Core 2 Duo 2.4 Ghz, 4 GB RAM 320m). I was a satisfied Windows user, but after my Macbook everything changed. I decided the stick with the mac and recommend macs for all my friends because it was really better than Windows, the truth! However... Recently I dropped a glass of Coca-Cola on my mid-2010 mac (fully upgraded to mountain lion, faster hard drive, many apps, etc...). And it is now gone. No startup, no lights...nothing. I am living in Germany now, and prices here are a bit high and notebooks comes with German keyboard layout, not for me. So I decided in a desperate move to buy a cheap desktop and save Money to configure a good macbook in German apple store with US keyboard by the end of the year. I don't want to "loose" all the money that I spent on the Apple app store!!! I bought a Lenovo Q180 (a nettop) for 250 euros. That's an atom processor desktop so to get a little more speed I bought a ssd for another 100 euros. With this budget computer, and a external monitor that I already had, I decided to install Windows 8 on it, since its final version is available through the MSDN program of my university for free. And this changed my old conception about Windows... I am not going to say here that Windows 8 is better on this or that...no. I believe that does not matter the OS you use, the best OS is the one that makes you get your things done faster on in better way. Does not matter is it is Windows, mac, or Ubuntu...whatever. For my needs, Windows 8 came up much better than my experience on Mountain Lion. Even in a nettop it is really fast, and only now I realize why I was so angy with adobe Flash when using a mac. This kind of complaint is rare for Windows user. Flash support on macs is ancient. and many other thins.... Although I have been a satisfied mac user for the last 2 years, and after the approximate U$ 300 spent on apps, I am not sure anymore if I am going back to a mac. Windows 8 is great, and the comments about it on the internet specially on mac specialized one (I read a lot of these) are not accurate. I read an opinion on Daring Fireball blog that the Mail app dit not have a "search function". Which is a phenomenal failure! This is not true for example, it has of course. So my recommendation is to give a try to Windows 8. The only thing is that Apple knows how to make a good hardware. But in my search for a new computer I crossed with really good ones for some manufactures. Again my pre conceived idea that only Apple has the better hardware. Although my 2 years old macbook still looks great,...although it is dead. In my humble opinion the tide may have shift. I will wait for new notebook releases until the end of the year. I may be banned from this forum because of this post, but it is an honest opinion from a mac user.