Som1young, a member of the LockerGnome community, asks:
Chris Pirillo responds:
“If you don’t need it right now, and you don’t want to spend any extra money, wait — because an upgrade to Windows 8 will cost you money, and you’d probably rather have a laptop built with Windows 8 in mind.
“You could buy a laptop with Windows 7 today. You could upgrade it to Windows 8. Will that upgrade go smoothly? It might. But with a laptop, you’re dealing potentially with another set of drivers and they may not be as up to date — various catching up may have to be endured.
“If you have the money to spend, and money’s no object, get a laptop today only if you need it. You can upgrade to Windows 8 at some point, but be aware that you may face challenges with driver compatibility for some things for a while.
“If you can survive without a new laptop, wait. Windows 8 will be released right around the corner. It’s going to be an amazing upgrade for everybody, and I would advise you to wait for a machine built to run Windows 8 if you can.
“Honestly, if I were you, I would use this time to save up money for a Windows 8 machine; I would absolutely look for a Windows 8 computer that supported the touch interface. Because I’m telling you, if Microsoft plays its cards right with touch screens, this will be the Windows touch experience of all time. I think Microsoft is doing it the right way from what I’ve been seeing on the Windows 8 blog and other places, Windows 8 is going to be an amazing upgrade anyway. There is, of course, the bifurcation between the Metro experience and the Aero experience, and I hope it won’t be jarring (fingers crossed).”
But what do you think? Drop us a comment and tell us if you’re going to wait for Windows 8 before doing any new computer purchasing, or if you’ll buy now and hope for the best when upgrade time rolls around?