Personally I'm not surprised that Windows 8 had such a low uptake... Actually I'm not even surprised it was lower than vista, and there's one simple reason: it looks different. Vista got picked up cause it was like "Oh look, It's windows XP, only flashy!", and then GIANT disappointment with the back-end changes M$ put in. Windows 7 comes along with a crisp, cleaner look, and improved background changes, but still the old familiar Windows setup. Taskbar and start menu. Everyone has been used to this sort of interface for the passed 18 years... Can anyone blame them for hesitating before picking up something that looks completely different?
All that can be summarized by this: People Do NOT like change. Even though everyone knows it's inevitable they try to resist it. I for one decided to give it a shot and I've had no issues with 8... Granted I hardly ever use the Modern UI and it does kind of go to waste, but my point is I don't have an issue navigating the OS. If anything the fact that I don't use the Modern UI is more cause for concern than the people who don't even want to try it... It would be a totally different thing if I could make use of it in my every day computing.
The "debate" is pointless, like a boxing match between a couple of old worn-out fighters each trying to establish his dominance over the other. They flail away at one another but the outcome isn't going to change. Pretty soon the spectators get bored and go looking for something else to entertain them.
If you've used Windows 8 and you like it, you're probably not going back to Windows 7.
If you've used Windows 8 and you don't like it, you're probably not going to change your mind.
Hey, look, there's some excitement at the other end of the hall!
Here's a revelation. If Microsoft users don't like change (for the sake of change) then maybe Microsoft shouldn't change.
Are we going to add sparkles and sound effects to a hammer because it's not cool enough? An operating system is a tool, not a toy.
Don't blame the messenger if you don't like the message, I agree with what SIW2 says, MS should be stopped at this early stage before we all start paying for storage, programs and others in future. They are trying to impose their will on us the customers. It may look bla...bla...bla.. but it is true.
Windows 8 is like anything else that is radically different from the previous.
It will take some time using it before you get used to it, and may find it quite nice.
If not, then there's plenty of options available out there to customize Windows 8 to help make it meet your needs and wants.
As usual, to each their own.
Am I the only one who had realised this years ago? you know Windows 95 was/is some unhandy operatessystem, but Windows Xp was lovely. Windows Vista some bloody machine, Windows 7 lovely, windows 8 only bloody... I bet the system after 8 is going to be lovely. It's aaaaalways the second system we'd love, right? Xp-7 and ain't 95 vista or 8`?