To each their own, I have been pleased with the win 8 on my media center also. There are nuisances, do not get me wrong and a lot to be cleaned up. But I like where MS is going ..... working the same way year after year is not always the best way to move forward.
What do you do on your laptop? I am curious because I never thought I would have any use for a Tablet either, but as it does have more screen real estate than a phone, and more portable than a laptop I find myself using it ALL the the time. With updated batteries and new cores, we are about to come onto a generation of tablets that have 12+ straight active battery time which is amazing. HD video for an entire flight to China! Developer's are also finally really taking advantage of the way touch screens do work.
Now to this comment "but taking computing back to the Mesopotamian age is not my idea of advance in computing." I think the problem is ... people really feel Microsoft did not do there homework. Does anyone really think Metro was built for just Tablet and cool factor .... and that they were going to force it onto Windows? I need to find the diagram, but it showed that 70%+ users place icons on their desktop over using the search or programs tree feature. They see this ..... now, what they are doing is giving the people to do so in a more organized manner.
For most companies, how many programs do they actually use? Outlook, Excel, Word, Remote Desktop, and 1 or propriety programs? I am graphic designer, and I only use maybe 7-8. All able to fit on Metro and this way I can organize them nicely. I figure businesses will like this because they will be able to lock what programs people see on their start menu .... no more solitaire, no more internet browsing.
As I mentioned, they still have a lot to clean up on it. What matters is not working in the same manner, but an efficient one. Is this is, not now, but with a few adjustments. It's a good start.
It's not the actual Desktop in W7 that's the problem it's when you install something there could be literally ZILLIONS of sub menus
for example your desktop could point to App1.exe that's fine when you want to use that mainly
but there could be loads of sub and sub sub menus
app2 ====>sub menu1
submenu1 ===>option 1
Now if you have a lot of these that you don't use often finding them can be a real pain at times.
however if the user can customize the Metro apps it should be possible to combine the rarely used but required sub menu into the main tile with the main menu. It's not so easy to re-arrange the "classical" menu format.
I certainly don't want my W8 desktop to look like a teenagers Smart phone which is why I hope the Metro tiles will be customisable so you can just include the links you want. Clicking on a Metro tile which contains embedded tiles would also be a preferable way IMO for operating this type of OS on a traditional Workstation / laptop.
As the proud owner of a 2006-era Windows Tablet, I can truthfully say that the tablets people are buying today are NOT the first generation of tablets -- far from it.
I bought my tablet back in the day of paper day-timers! (remember those). I was using a Palm at the time, in addition to the day-timer, and found it an interesting idea to be able to replace BOTH with a single device.
Over the years, MS had improved the tablet-specific features built into their OSs to the point that with Win7, it is a much better machine than it was originally with XP.
As to who will buy them? Yeah, if all you do with your smart phone or tablet today is watch videos, make calls, send text messages, use a calendar or other functions (previously relegated to that ancient device known as a PDA), a larger smartphone (like the new Motorola Razr) would suffice. But, I used my tablet a lot to take notes -- and the now excellent handwriting recoginition feature prevented me from having to type stuff in at the end of the day. Being able to replace some of the functions previously needing a stylus with simply touching the screen is a big plus to me.
But then, I might be one of only a handful of folks that would buy a Win8 tablet.
For tablet users, 8 is a must since people kind of don't want a tablet that is kin to a smartphone when they could just buy a laptop. Touch is a good thing, it's natural, it's intuitive. Touching open an app and flicking through them is more natural than a mouse pointer. Soon, it might be all hand gestures...and touch...
Have you ever worked in highly demanding situations such as real-time investing in which tones of information has to be on the screen at the same time? Have you worked ever putting together long submissions to the FDA for which you need to be working on a word processor while examining databases, launching SAS programs and examining a long list of PDFed hand-written reports, examining PDF X-rays and MRI images, etc, etc. Why would I want a Metro-interface??? It is for kids and for my grandma!!
Now, consumers with low computing demands may benefit from Metro (debatable) but I seriously doubt that anybody who does any real work would see any benefit, only another stupid layer. Thus, MS is going to be shut out from most of the enterprise. If Apple plays its cards correctly and produces and iOS that provides the richness of working on a desktop, it can make huge inroads while MS is trying desperately to sell a few tablets.
I do not believe that MS would even be successful in the tablet space. Why would anybody want a Windows tablet? There is more compelling content in the Apple and Google (Android) space. What does MS have that can even remotely compete with iTunes and Amazon??? Why purchase an expensive Win tablet when one can get access to superior content on a much cheaper and (in my opinion) far better ICS-driven tablet??? It makes no sense. MS is simply too lake to the party (and it has not even showed up).
And seriously, the Metro interace is far inferior (and I stress the "far") to that of ICS.