C'mon guys, don't start a fight. Take a relaxed attitude. Here is my take:
The $39.95 deal was hard to pass. I have spent more money on other useless toys. Installed it in a virtual partition. Is great to play with - has a nice weather app. I have no trouble operating Windows 8.
BUT - if you want to do any serious work, use Windows 7 - is less cumbersome. Only the poor suckers that need a new PC are stuck with it. They'll survive.
Would you rather have a car with different version of pedals (such as a hand accelerator or something like that)...
Or standard pedals and spend an extra grand covering for software development in electric cars for pedals?
Just because we expect and want something that's been there for dozens of years, we have changed our consumer outlook.
We're not just looking at practicality here, this day and age.
The standards have been set, and changing them is practical suicide for a company.
Well, Microsoft has taken the lead here, and either they're going to pay, or it's going to be the new standard.
So you can eat it, or wait until its eaten by others.
I am not a power user, but on the other hand I am more than a common user, somewhere in between. At work, I have W7, at home W8. I have absolutely no problem with either of these systems - of course, there are some things that do not appeal to me (like Reader in metro-style only, which makes switching between documents a bit of hassle), but nothing which would make me consider downgrading to W7. For the record, I spend most of the time (97 %+) on the desktop and am using Start8 - e.g. you can use the Win key not to switch to the last app, but can force it to go to desktop everytime. Simple feature, yet absolutely improves my experience. And no, I do not say that something like this should have been in W8 from the start, as I really do not care about what-ifs.