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I Think the D.Telegraph is/has going the same way.
I set up Win 8 for a guy who had gone and bought it as Vista was slow and getting on his nerves. With a bit of shuffling around his Metro start screen now meets his needs - the two tiles top left are Internet and Email which is all he does really.
Will it be Windows 6.3 I wonder ?
MaxDSL - goes as fast as it can and doesn't read the line checker first.