I finally broke down and installed classic shell on my desktop a few days back and I must say, I find this OS so much more enjoyable with it. I have proceeded to install this app on a friends new laptop, as well as a distant family member's pc. Both were very grateful to have the start menu back. Today, when I finished loading it on my friends laptop he let out a big exhale of relief when he finally saw that he had a way to get to his programs again. The poor guy had been trying for days before he called me, and he is actually a fairly apt pc user. I have talked with probably a dozen folks who are using, or have used Windows 8. I have yet to talk with anyone who actually likes the new interface. Everyone in my circles misses the old work-flow it seems, with the exception of some folks around these boards, but my hunch is that many of the folks around here have ties to Microsoft in some way which makes them feel obliged to support it.
So, among my friends, family, and work colleagues, Win 8 is batting a flat zero. I wonder how many others are hearing similar reviews from friends. I wonder if enough people take issue, microsoft will actually listen to their user base, and just make a few minor tweaks that could make the world happy.
So many of the conversations we have been seeing lately could have been avoided if they had just included the start menu for those who want it, but also added this whole new metro interface for touch. The entire concept would have been so much more warmly received, and thousands of forum/blog post bitch fests could have been avoided (including this one). I am just saying. I have been using the OS for over a few months, and I still cannot understand why these decisions were made. After 2 months with the vanilla OS, I loaded up classic shell, and am much happier with it. If the new changes were an improvement, then why after using them for 2 months would I feel like going back to the old way was an upgrade.
There are some things I really like about this OS. It all could have been so different.