No shills. No metrovangelists. No MS fanboys. No elitist muppet calling everyone else a backwards, fearful of change Luddite noob.
Oh, and Metro sucks. It doesn't belong in a desktop OS. It deserves to DIAF. So, other than that eye-bleaching inducing mess, Windows 8 is not that bad.
So, you don't want to hear any dissenting opinions?
I've been running the Consumer Preview since it was released back in what, May? Around then. Anyway, lest you think I'm a Microsoftie, I had been running Ubuntu before that, but was driven away by that godawful "Unity" interface, which is an inferior attempt to do the same thing MS is. I ordered a copy of Win8 Pro on release day for a few reasons:
I've gotten used to being able to watch Netflix on my laptop.
I've started using a bike trainer program that runs on Windows.
My laptop came with Vista, which was instantly replaced with Linux, and the drive with the restoration image has since been wiped and repurposed.
I use Win7 at work, so I have extensive experience with that as well.
Frankly, I don't get what all the moaning about the Metro side is about. Don't want to run full-screen Metro apps? Great, run it in the desktop. Full multi-tasking and all. Do people really think that's going away? You can do exactly what you used to. Another poster further down complained about it being hard to start Notepad because it's not right there in the destroyed Start Menu... then details exactly how to use the Start Screen to bring it up quickly (Windows key, N key, down, Enter).
Metro, however, can be perfect for doing some browsing and chatting while watching TV on the couch. Or watching Netflix a little quicker than leaving a dedicated tab for it on a browser. Hopefully, my bike trainer program will create an app that can be side-snapped in Metro and show me just that and Netflix while riding, which is less than ideal given the window shapes on the normal desktop.
I hardly ever use the Start Menu in Win7 at work. I have 14 apps pinned to the taskbar, and that handles just about everything I do more than once a month. At home, on Win8? Same thing. One click to launch commonly-used programs instead of, at minimum, two clicks with the Start Menu (and more once you use up the "frequent" slots in the Start Menu).
The Start Screen, on the other hand, is helpful. Get up in the morning, grab the laptop, press Windows key. See the weather, news headlines, sports scores (perhaps one click away), email, and calendar. Why is that bad, compared to what the Start Menu brought, which was a stack of static icons to launch programs, which is, again, inferior to taskbar pinning anyway?
The one thing I do understand is the concern over the App Store. However, we have Apple to thank for that, and don't believe for one instant that they are any more interested in openness than Microsoft. Currently, Apple is by far the major risk for locking down the desktop, and my hope is that playing them off against Microsoft will prevent the entire industry from being locked down by one company in a decade. It sounds funny, after railing against the MS monopoly for so long, but Apply is the scary leader now, and Linux is not a serious threat, unfortunately. That, and Apple's locked-down interface doesn't allow side-by-side multitasking at all, and just has static icons that launch programs, which is less useful than the live tiles.