I have been using Windows 8 since before Launch, roughly probably a year to the day. It is not a bad OS, but there are numerous things about that, to this day, still really tick me off. I will start by saying, that other vendors are no better. I had a iPhone forced on me by the company I work for... I really cannot stand all the lock down that comes with it, and the fact that I am forced to use Itunes to sync with it. It is far from a perfect world, and I don't expect perfection from the products that I use, just basic common sense.
I upgraded to 8.1 a few weeks back, and so far, I think my experience is worse rather than better. I enjoy some of the improvements to the Start Screen. I like that apps don't automatically appear on there when you load them. I decided that I would actually try to take the time to manage my start screen this time around, and keep it kind of tidy. So I set about doing this. The ability to boot straight to desktop is no big deal to me, though I know itmeant the world to others, and for that reason, I am glad it is there. I definitely believe in more options, rather than less. People are different after all. One new annoyance that I have noticed, is that it seems like in order to switch back to a non-Microsoft account, there are now quite a few extra hoops you have to jump through. The option to switch to local, is no longer baked into the OS like it was before. In order to get there, I had to create a user account using the old school options in Manage, then drop my Microsoft account from my machine. Not a huge deal, but definitely annoying.
Using a non-Microsoft account, means no email app, no People app, and no Calendar apps. It probably means more things than this for all I know. All of these Apps of course, should have worked fine for me with or without a Microsoft account and I really can think of no sane reason for them not to work, other than that this is yet another Microsoft tactic to bully users into switching over to doing things their way.. So, as it is, if you want to use them, you pretty much have to bite the bullet and switch yourself over to a Microsoft account, which I reluctantly did.
I have an old hotmail account that I still get email at. I used it initially in 8 when I first started using Windows 8, and wanted to check out all the new features. I installed a bunch of new apps with it, etc. As soon as I switch to Microsoft account now, what happens.. All of those apps magically start loading on my machine. No pop up asking me if I want to do this. Also, my start screen starts to switch it's over-all icon layout, background etc, probably to match what I had 6 months ago, and the nice tidy start screen I had before goes straight out the window. The same thing becomes true on my downstairs computer. But, of course, this feature is not fully cooked yet or something, because they are formatted completely different on both computers, and for some reason if I make a change on one.. it fracks up the other and vice versa.
Now I am just pissed. I reload windows. I try to go to browse my file system after reload, and even after a year of using Windows 8, I cannot seem to figure out how to get there.. I resign to right clicking on windows start button(woo hoo, actually glad it is back) and launching file explorer. I imagine how difficult it must be for the avg user to actually figure out how to browse there files right after loading windows.. I cannot see any clear way of getting there on my start screen after launch. Of course, I can start typing, but now it really makes sense, why I get so many calls from friends and relatives who are lost as can be when they first start using windows 8. I think to myself, "Who the hell is designing things over at Microsoft these days, and what I would not give to spend 10 minutes in huddle room with them?" Seriously, this is a huge fail. all around.
This is just my experience.