Three ugly, middle-aged men argue about Windows 8

You will have the unparalleled and unprecedented opportunity to watch us pontificate on the future of Windows 8. Bring popcorn. There will be fireworks.
Written by David Gewirtz, Senior Contributing Editor

It just doesn't get any better than this. Tune in on Wednesday for a video webcast where I, fellow ZDNet blogger Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, and CBS Interactive Managing Editor Josh Gingold "discuss" Windows 8 and whether anyone cares.

Yes, we will be on video. You will have the unparalleled and unprecedented opportunity to watch two bearded pundits pontificate on the future of Windows 8 while the facial-hair free Josh tries to impose some degree of order and decorum on the proceedings.

Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Time: 4:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm PT / 21:00 GMT Register: Windows 8 Showdown

So, how did it all come to this? Well, mostly because we're bloggers, we're opinionated, and we tend to disagree on topics relating to Windows and Linux.

[For the record, Windows 7 crashed right here, while I was writing this article. 20 minutes later, I'm back up and running. Sigh.]

Last week, Steven wrote Five reasons why Windows 8 is DOA. His premise is all desktop operating systems are becoming less relevant with the rise of cloud computing and tablets. Windows 8 will be a comparative failure, ala Vista, as die-hard Microsoft users stick with XP and 7.

I had to respond, saying Why Windows 8 matters for real work, and so will Windows 9. My contention is we're going to need real computers, the future of Mac OS X is in question, Linux (and the Linux community) is too flaky, and so that leaves Windows.

Can you see now why sparks will fly during our webcast?

So mark your calendars and tune in. CBS Interactive is putting on this beard-fest at no charge to you. All you need to do is fire up that popcorn popper, add a little oil, some fresh kernels, some salt, butter, and seasoning. Then take that fresh popcorn, pop yourself in front of your monitor, and tune in for the fun.

Reserve your virtual seat! Windows 8 showdown: Face-off on whether Windows still matters

Save some popcorn for me.

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