I am pretty much always up for trying something new. I don't hate metro, and welcome it and the app store to my windows desktop. I have yet to find an app in the app store that I use on even a weekly basis, but I am hoping that will improve in time. In the mean time, I love the new task manager, the built in iso mounting, the new file copy graph and graphics... Storage spaces is a very interesting idea that I have yet to make use of. These are all nice things.
I still have yet to meet anyone in person that had anything good to say about windows 8. I believe this fact would have been completely the opposite, had they done one small thing different and enabled users some choices.
PS.. live tiles as a concept has some potential, but I still wonder who has time to sit and stare at their tiles, waiting for some tidbit of useful information to appear on them. I would rather have big, bright, beautiful icons that clearly show me what app they are a link to on my start screen. I have tried making them with some program, but they just are not the same...
If you compare the concept of live tiles and feeding new information in one screen, versus a Desktop with five different open windows; what will take more time to view?
IMO, the 5 open windows will provide info quicker. Even if you clicked each one individually, you are bound to get way more important information faster using the 5 windows than you will with live tiles. Live tiles have some merit. For instance, as a whether app icon that shows you the whether. There is a single useful piece of information, that is a useful addition to the icon, and I can make use of at a glance. Reading email on my icon? no thanks, that would take forever. (maybe show me the 3 most recent people to email me.) In any case, when the rest of your program icons turn into a white box with a tiny icon in the corner, they hardly become worth it..
I've been trying to come to grips with Windows 8 for two months now and it just doesn't work (for me at least). My main gripe is still the lack of functionality of the tiles screen. While the tiles can be active, you can't select just a few and have them enlarged and arranged on a second screen as general information while you work on the desktop doing actual work. You are completely limited in what you can do with the tiles and it's absolutely clear that no consideration was given to desktop users when it was designed.
Also, why is it necessary to sign in to a Microsoft account to even use some of the tiles, like the calendar? I want information under my control and not to be subjugated by another entity. Most of today's youth don't seem to care one jot about what and to whom they give information, but I'm not of that generation.
Nowadays, people have multiple devices. A work/school/home computer, a phone, a tablet, a media player (that often has limited mail and calendar functionality), etc.. Look at the iPhone, which now by default syncs your calendar with your desktop mac via iCloud. This is the way things are going, and what people are expecting.
Everyone wants cloud syncing functionality, so to pretend that this is bizarre behavior is also.. odd.
I didn't say anywhere that it was bizarre behaviour, merely that one is being forced to use cloud services if you want to use the calendar function. I use Outlook exclusively, but many were happy with the light version as well.
But that's only one minor issue; whereas, you ignored the main gripe that I have with Windows 8. And that is what I believe is the main complaint of the vast majority of users who find Windows 8 a retrograde step. The OS in itself is clearly improved, but the user interface, as far as desktop users are concerned, is deeply flawed.
We have yet to hear much, if anything, from Windows 8 Pro tablet users regarding their experiences. Mine was unsatisfying. Defend the user interface as much as you like, but it is flawed and destined to failure unless Microsoft listens to those complaints, however minor, and is prepared to address those complaints. You can keep shooting the messengers, but eventually the message will get through.