[Update: This article was valid for quite a while, but some time in the last year or so, the Spyder 3 has stopped working for many people. I also no longer have my Spyder 3, so I can’t even tinker with it to discover a workaround. At this point, the Spyder 3 is beyond end of life. Even if the electronics are still functioning, it’s likely that the color filters in the device have aged enough that it doesn’t reliably see color, and therefore produces skewed color profiles.]
Does the Datacolor Spyder 3 Pro work with Windows 8? In a word, “yes.”
This bears mentioning only because, if you paid attention to the Microsoft Upgrade Advisor for Windows 8, the Spyder 3 Pro was flagged as a software item that would require a “paid upgrade.” Well never fear, my dear reader, as this information is incorrect. I’ve just finished installing Windows 8 Pro on my computer (whether it’s pro, home, or otherwise should be irrelevant,) and the Spyder 3 Pro software is working quite nicely. I’ve already calibrated and profiled one screen, and my other screen is ticking along nicely as I type this.
As of 7/27/2013, I’m still using the Spyder 3 Pro on Win 8 without any issues whatsoever. I just updated the link to the download area, as the link originally posted had expired. Enjoy!
As of 10/17/2013, I’ve updated to Windows 8.1 and the Spyder 3 Pro continues to work great.
As of 8/7/2015, I’m using the Spyder 4 Elite with Windows 10. I no longer have access to the Spyder 3, but in the comments below, Jay confirms that the Spyder 3 is working fine on Win 10 for him. Thanks Jay.