My approach had always been ..... anything before SP3 is a Beta and I wasn't going to deal with an office full of beta software in a production environment. But I have to admit, Windows 7 SP1 wasn't bad at all. At this point, I'm buying Win7 Pro and won't be looking at 8 until at least 6 months after the release date.
I have to admit the boot times are insane in the Dev Preview. Seems like less than 10 seconds and I am using just a standard Hard Drive. Hate to say this, but the dev preview seems quicker and more polished than Ubuntu 11.10.
My Dev Preview expires March 11th, so I wonder when Windows 8 will be out to the general market (OEM and System Builder DVDs)
Dev Preview expires March 11th, so I wonder when Windows 8 will be out to the general market
Next month (Feb) the Windows 8 Beta will be available.
Sometime after that will be the Release Candidate and then the retail/oem products in general release sometime (latest guess/rumor) around October.